​NEB approves TransCanada to begin winter clearing work for Keystone XL

Construction of the Grand Rapids oil pipeline in Alberta. Image: TransCanada

The National Energy Board (NEB) has approved a request for TransCanada to begin winter clearing work on the North Spread of its Keystone XL project.

The company has satisfied the regulatory requirements for winter 2019 clearing of trees and shrubs along the pipeline route’s north section, near Hardisty, Alberta, the NEB said.

“The NEB’s approval applies to the North Spread of the project only. Clearing activities in other areas of the project, other construction activities, and any activity during the restricted activity periods for migratory birds are excluded from this approval. Further pipeline construction would be subject to NEB approval of other condition compliance submissions,” the regulator said.

TransCanada is hoping for full construction on Keystone XL in both Canada and the U.S. to begin by June and be completed in late 2020, with the pipeline entering service in early 2021. The project is still subject to a legal proceeding in Montana.