By Kevin Orland and Jennifer A. Dlouhy
Progress on Keystone XL, which will boost shipments of crude from Alberta’s oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries, is a welcome sign for a Canadian energy industry that has been hamstrung by a too little pipeline capacity. The pipeline pinch has weighed on local crude prices and stunted explorers’ expansion plans.
But the $8 billion pipeline isn’t in the clear just yet. It’s still the subject of a legal challenge in Montana, and additional federal permits are still necessary.
Calgary-based TC was little changed at C$71.26 at 3:11 p.m. in Toronto. The shares are up 29% in the past 12 months, compared with a 6.8% gain for the S&P/TSX energy index.