In the midst of the ongoing the political saga surrounding the Keystone XL pipeline project, new pipelines are being built and coming online throughout the US with little fanfare, reports a recent Associated Press article published in the Globe & Mail.
The article notes that over 18,000 kilometers of pipeline have been added to the US network in recent months. Significant projects in North Dakota, West Texas and other areas have become operational, adding substantial capacity to US energy infrastructure. In fact, since 2012, US pipeline capacity has increased by more than three million barrels per day – over five times the proposed capacity of Keystone XL – with little to no attention from the media or the public.
This contrast is largely due to the much-smoother regulatory processes that govern project approvals when a pipeline does not cross an international border, as Keystone XL would. Over 50 domestic pipeline projects have been approved in the US since 2012.