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Keystone Pipeline, Symbol to Oil’s Foes and Friends, Is Now Dead

  • Canada-U.S. pipeline is dropped by its developer, TC Energy
  • Opposition to drew celebrities, helped boost climate movement
Pipes for the Keystone XL pipeline stacked in a yard near Oyen, Alberta, Canada, on Jan. 26. 

Pipes for the Keystone XL pipeline stacked in a yard near Oyen, Alberta, Canada, on Jan. 26. 

Photographer: Jason Franson/Bloomberg
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TC Energy Corp. has ended its 16-year quest to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a controversial cross-border project that became a litmus test for climate activism and was blocked by President Joe Biden.

Calgary-based TC Energy said in a statement it had formally terminated the project after consultation with the government of Alberta in Canada. It had already suspended construction on the pipeline earlier this year, after Biden revoked a presidential permit for the project.