The Keystone pipeline XL extension, created by TC Energy (then TransCanada) in 2008, was originally developed to transport the earth’s dirtiest fossil fuel, tar sands oil, to market– and fast.
As an expansion of the company’s existing Keystone Pipeline System, which has actually been running since 2010 (and continues to send Canadian tar sands petroleum from Alberta to different handling centers in the middle of the United States), the pipeline promised to drastically increase the capability to refine the 168 billion barrels of petroleum locked up under Canada’s boreal woodland.
It was anticipated to transfer 830,000 barrels of Alberta tar sands oil per day to refineries on the Gulf Shore of Texas. From the refineries, the oil would be sent out primarily overseas — not to gas pumps in the United States.
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There you have it, In a NUTSHELL.