But unlike the Keystone XL project that has been ensnared in controversy, the proposed Upland pipeline would transport oil away from the United States — as much as 70,000 barrels a day of North Dakota crude that now moves by rail to refineries in East Canada.
The proposed deal may reduce competition for equipment used by companies active throughout the oil and gas distribution chain, including exploration, storage and refining, the European Commission said in an e-mailed statement today.
The move by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management responds to a federal court ruling against the environmental analysis underpinning that seven-year-old sale, and leaves open the possibility that Shell Oil Co. will resume drilling in the Chukchi Sea this summer.
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