Despite all the fighting over the Keystone Pipeline, it is now getting some use. Oil is now being pumped into the pipeline’s southern leg, which stretches across Oklahoma to the Texas coast.
“TransCanada is pleased to confirm that at approximately 10:04 am Central Time on Saturday, December 7, 2013, the company began to inject oil into the Gulf Coast Project pipeline as it moves closer to the start of commercial service,” TransCanada spokesman Shawn Howard said in an email, according to The Houston Chronicle.
TransCanada is the developer for the pipeline. The company intends to fill the pipeline in the next few weeks with three million barrels of oil, the report says.
Unfortunately, the pipeline still isn’t able to do what it was intended to because President Obama still hasn’t approved the northern leg, which goes from Canada into the U.S.
Until Obama approves this, the energy industry waits to make major moves to help the American people. He is expected to decide on the fate of the pipeline by the end of March.