The U.S. State Department issued a presidential permit on Monday to expand an oil sands pipeline that crosses the Canadian border.
The approved permits will allow the crude oil pipeline, Enbridge Inc.’s Line 67, to nearly double its’s output to roughly 890,000 barrels per day at the Canadian border near Neche, North Dakota.
The permit was approved by the Trump administration after being held up for five years.
Enbridge filed for the permit back in 2012, but faced several delays by former President Barack Obama’s administration.
“Line 67 currently operates under an existing Presidential Permit that was issued by the State Department in 2009,” Enbridge said. “The 2017 permit authorizes Enbridge to fully utilize its capacity across the border.”
Presidential approval is required for all crude oil pipelines that cross the border.
According to the State Department, “In making the determination that issuance of this permit would serve the national interest, the Acting Assistant Secretary considered a broad range of factors.”
Those factors included but weren’t limited to “foreign policy; energy security; environmental, cultural, and economic impacts; and compliance with applicable law and policy.”
Line 67 aims to serve a similar purpose as the Keystone XL pipeline, which was also delayed by the Obama administration on several occasions. The Hill reported that Line 67 would even carry slightly more oil than the Keystone pipeline.
The Keystone Pipeline System runs from Alberta, Canada to several refineries in Illinois and Texas, and has oil tank farms and a distribution center in Cushing, Oklahoma.
Citing climate change and fossil fuels, the Obama administration decided not to approve permits to expand the pipeline to other parts of the U.S.
In 2014, the company sidestepped the delays by connecting its Alberta Clipper pipes to the Line 3 Project — the largest pipeline in the company’s history given it is 1,031 mile length.
In doing so, the pipelines carry tar sands oil from the Athabasca River Basin in Alberta, Canada through northern Minnesota, and all the way to Superior, Wisconsin, according to Oil and Gas Investor.
Enbridge’s Mainline pipeline apparatus is responsible for supplying a majority of Canada’s roughly 3 million barrels per day of crude exports to the U.S.
The presidential permit will allow Line 67 to now double the oil-sands petroleum the company already produces on a daily basis.
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