The Penneath Pipeline is a $1.5 billion pipeline that would deliver natural gas from Alberta’s oil sands to a terminal in Quebec.
The pipeline was originally planned to be built under the northern Alberta border, but is now slated to go through a portion of the Athabasca Basin.
The project was originally approved by the Federal Government in 2015, but in 2017 the Alberta government cancelled it citing concerns that it would pollute drinking water.
In 2018, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) announced that it was withdrawing support for the pipeline because it would cause environmental damage.
In the following months, thousands of protesters from across the country gathered in front of the White House to protest the pipeline.
They gathered to express their concerns over the pipeline’s impact on indigenous communities and communities of color, as well as the environment.
The protesters called for an end to “black and brown colonialism,” and called on President Donald Trump to revoke the pipeline and return the land to indigenous communities.
The Pennerstown Pipeline, as the pipeline was called, was built under a section of the northern Saskatchewan River, located at the mouth of the Penner River.
The proposed pipeline was slated to connect with the proposed Athabaskan LNG project in Labrador.
In August 2018, Environment Canada announced that a number of environmental reviews were completed on the pipeline, but that there was “no final decision” on its construction.
The province of Alberta has since approved the project, and the federal government has since issued a final permit for construction of the pipeline in late 2018.
Pennertown Pipeline’s environmental impact report says that the project will create an estimated 1,200 permanent jobs in Alberta and approximately 400 construction jobs.
In November 2018, President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order that allows the Keystone XL pipeline to be constructed and start moving into production.
It also allows the construction of other oil sands pipelines.
Penneathe Pipeline is part of a much larger pipeline network that runs from the Gulf of Mexico through Texas to a terminus in Quebec, Canada.
Keystone XL, the proposed pipeline from Canada to the U.S., is set to begin production in 2020.