​Keystone XL inches forward as order blocking work is lifted

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TC Energy Corp.’s $8 billion Keystone XL crude oil pipeline is inching forward after a court injunction that stopped work on the project was been lifted.

An order issued by a Montana judge barring certain pre-construction activities was dissolved on Monday, according to the company.

That followed a June ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that a new presidential permit negated challenges to the project’s earlier approval, TC Energy said Thursday in its second-quarter earnings statement.

The victory is only a partial win for TC Energy and the Keystone XL project, which would ship more crude from Canada’s oilsands to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

TC Energy said in May it was already too late to start major construction activity this year. The project also still faces a legal challenge in Nebraska, and a decision on that matter is due this quarter, TC said Thursday.

The 1,200-mile (1,900-kilometer) conduit is seen as a key project for the Canadian oil industry, which has been hampered by a lack of pipeline space.

It’s also become a target of environmentalists, who argue that it would enable increased development of Alberta’s oilsands, thus raising global greenhouse gas emissions.

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