The Keystone XL Pipeline was under review by the U.S. Administration for over seven years before it was ultimately denied a presidential permit in 2016. Here are some key dates in the projects history:
- September 19 – TransCanada filed its application for a Presidential Permit with the U.S. State Department.
- March 11 – The Canadian National Energy Board (NEB) approved the project.
- Aug 26 – The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) was issued.
- November 10 – The U.S. State Department postponed a final decision on the pipeline due to a request for further analysis of route options in Nebraska.
- January – President Obama rejected TransCanada’s application.
- September 5- TransCanada submitted a Supplemental Environmental Report (SER) to the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) for the preferred alternative route for the pipeline in Nebraska.
- May 4 – TransCanada filed a new application for a Presidential Permit with the U.S. State Department.
- January – Governor Dave Heineman approved TransCanada’s proposed route in Nebraska
- March 1 – The Draft Supplementary Environmental Impact Statement (Draft SEIS) was issued.
- September – TransCanada filed for certification of construction permits with the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission.
- January 31 – The Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) was issued.
- January 29/February 11 – A bill approving the construction of the pipeline was passed by the Senate and by the House.
- February 24 – President Obama vetoed the bill.
- October 2 – An application for approval of the pipelines route through the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) was filed.
- November 6 – Presidential Permit was denied by President Obama.
- January 6 – TransCanada announced legal action under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and also initiated Constitutional litigation against the U.S. Administration.