TransCanada Corp. said this week it no longer plans to proceed with the Upland Pipeline that was proposed to transport Bakken oil from northwest North Dakota to Canada.

The project was linked to the proposed Energy East Pipeline, which TransCanada said Thursday it is no longer pursuing “after careful review of changed circumstances.”

The Upland Pipeline was proposed to originate about 15 miles southwest of Williston and transport as many as 300,000 barrels of oil per day. It would have traveled about 126 miles in North Dakota, crossing the Canadian border near Flaxton.

Because the project would have crossed the U.S.-Canada border, it required a presidential permit.

TransCanada said it is in the process of withdrawing its application to the U.S. Department of State. Earlier this year, TransCanada had asked the department to pause on the review of the application to better align with the timing for the review of the Energy East Pipeline System.

The Energy East Pipeline was proposed to carry 1.1 million barrels of oil a day from Alberta and Saskatchewan to eastern Canadian refineries.

TransCanada continues to move forward with the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast, which would not cross North Dakota but provides an on-ramp for Bakken crude in Baker, Mont. The Keystone XL Pipeline has a presidential permit, but the route is still being reviewed by Nebraska regulators.

(Reach Amy Dalrymple at 701-250-8267 or Amy.Dalrymple@bismarcktribune.com)

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