TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Tulsa has approved a segment of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline planned to run from Cushing to Texas.
Ross Adkins, chief of public affairs for the Tulsa district, confirmed the decision Friday. If the overall project is approved by the president, the pipeline would eventually transport tar sands oil from western Canada down to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast.
TransCanada needs Corps approval for its wetlands and water-crossing plans. The company awaits a similar decision from the Corps' Fort Worth, Texas district.
The Obama administration shelved the project earlier this year, explaining that officials needed more time to study alternate routes that would bypass certain environmentally sensitive areas in Nebraska.
The pipeline has drawn opposition from environmental groups like the Sierra Club.
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