HOUSTON (AP) — A Canadian company that wants to build an oil pipeline from Alberta’s tar sands region to Texas refineries now has a final permit for the Gulf Coast portion of the project.
TransCanada announced Friday that construction on the 485-mile section of pipeline would begin in the coming weeks.READ MORE: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Sues Google Over Radio Ads For Smartphone
President Barack Obama encouraged the company to pursue the segment that will run from a refinery in Cushing, Okla. to Texas after he rejected the broader plan, saying it needed to be rerouted around Nebraska’s sensitive Sand Hills region. For that project, TransCanada needs presidential approval because it crosses an international border. The shorter portion only requires permits from state and federal agencies.READ MORE: Homeowner's Death Brings Scrutiny To Emergency Services In Prosper Area
The shorter line will help relieve a bottleneck at the Oklahoma refinery.MORE NEWS: Bush Institute Expert: North Texans Should Care About What Happens In Ukraine