Breitling Energy Daily Podcast #416

About 3 million barrels of crude are being loaded into the southern section of the Keystone XL pipeline as operators prepare to start operations next month, even as environmental critics continue to assail the safety of the project and lament legal setbacks that allowed the project to move forward.

TransCanada, announced this week that it would begin shipping oil on Jan. 22 on its Gulf Coast project, a 485-mile pipeline that forms the southern section of the XL from Cushing, Okla., to Texas.

Construction on the southern leg of the system, which required only state environmental permits and permission by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to cross hundreds of waterways, was started two years ago.

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