Reuters/U.S. Energy Department data released on Wednesday shows that the $5.8 billion Keystone XL pipeline, which was originally scheduled to be built in Nebraska but has since been cancelled, has not caused any pipeline leaks, either.
Keystone, which would have run from Alberta, Canada to Steele City, Missouri, was supposed to have completed in 2017.
But a federal judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked the project from moving forward, saying it would have caused major damage to the environment, endangered wildlife, and threatened drinking water.
The company, which also built the Keystone XL, says that there is no evidence that the pipeline leaked.
The pipeline has since passed a test, but the company is still facing a lawsuit from landowners who say the project would destroy their land.
“The federal government has failed to provide a reasonable estimate of the number of pipeline leaks that could have occurred and has not provided sufficient data to inform the public and stakeholders that such an estimate is needed,” the company said in a statement.
The decision by the judge also came as a blow to the company’s lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, which said the Environmental Impact Statement for the Keystone project, which will have been released in January, would be a “substantial risk to public health and safety.”
A federal judge also ordered the EPA to disclose all documents related to the approval process for the project, including its environmental impact statement.
The agency said it plans to release the document this week.
“This court decision sends a message to the agency that they need to be transparent and that the public is interested in their review of the environmental impact assessment for the proposed Keystone XL project,” said Jennifer Dziewski, a staff attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council.
“The EPA must now produce an environmental impact analysis for the pipeline, and the public should know what it is and what the findings are.”