Drilling Down: A Keystone XL Pipeline Overview

Pipe sections in Illinois await crews to weld and bury them during construction in 2009. This segment of the $12 billion Keystone pipeline project has already been built; a proposed pipeline through Texas still awaits government permits.
Pipe sections in Illinois await crews to weld and bury them during construction in 2009. This segment of the $12 billion Keystone pipeline project has already been built; a proposed pipeline through Texas still awaits government permits.

The Keystone XL Pipeline, and whether it will be built to bring oil from Canada to the Texas coast, has been a hot topic among presidential candidates, environmental groups, landowners and business associates. And it's a debate not likely to go away soon.

Audio: Ben Philpott's story for KUT News

This week on KUT News and The Texas Tribune, we'll have a four-part series on the pipeline and the unresolved issues surrounding it. Whether it's the "glut" of oil in Cushing, Okla., that's just waiting to get to Texas refineries, or the battle between landowners and those trying to build the pipeline, the series will lay out the current stumbling blocks and the road ahead to get it built.

Ben Philpott, with KUT News and the Tribune, talks with StateImpact Texas reporters Mose Buchele and Terrence Henry about the series.

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