You are here: Home Environment Infrastructure Construction Begins on the Keystone XL Pipeline Construction Begins on the Keystone XL Pipeline Construction began on the southern portion of the Keystone XL Pipeline on August 9. TransCanada began installing pipe segments near Livingston, Texas. by Heather Carr August 18, 2012, 2:00 am 3 Comments Construction began on the southern portion of the Keystone XL Pipeline on August 9. TransCanada began installing pipe segments near Livingston, Texas. The pipeline is designed to carry tar sands from Alberta across the United States to processing facilities on the Texas coast. Tar sands are controversial because of the amount of damage extracting them does to the environment. They are also dirty and more difficult to clean up than other oil. After the Obama administration denied a permit for the pipeline to cross the Sandhills in Nebraska, which are over a large aquifer, TransCanada agreed to go around and have applied for a new permit. The southern section of the Keystone XL pipeline will run through Oklahoma and Texas. TransCanada says the southern section of the pipeline will relieve a bottleneck of crude oil in Cushing, Oklahoma. Oil pollution photo via Shutterstock See more Previous article Louisiana Sinkhole Grows; Swallows Boat, Forces Evacuations Next article Family Favorite Recipe: “Ear Pasta” With Mascarpone Cheese 3 Pings & Trackbacks Pingback:Texas Landowner Wins Restraining Order Against Keystone XL Pipeline Pingback:Keystone XL Pipeline Still Being Built; Protestors Arrested • Insteading Pingback:Texas Landowner Wins Restraining Order Against Keystone XL Pipeline • Insteading Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Upload a photo / attachment to this comment (PNG, JPG, GIF - 6 MB Max File Size): (Allowed file types: jpg, gif, png, maximum file size: 6MB.