Energy and Environment Reporting for Texas

Where the Keystone XL Pipeline Would Go Through Texas

Map by the Department of State

The Keystone XL pipeline would take oil from Canada to refineries in Texas

An announcement is expected later today that will delay the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. In the meantime, let’s take a look at where the pipeline would go through Texas.

Which counties in Texas would be affected by the Keystone XL pipeline? Here’s a map from the State Department that outlines (in purple) the approved route of the Keystone XL pipeline from Cushing, Oklahoma to refineries in Texas:

Map by the Department of StateThe Keystone XL pipeline would take oil from Canada to refineries in Texas. You can click on the map to see a larger version.

And here is another map of the proposed pipeline by TransCanada, the company behind it:

Map courtesy of TransCanada

Where the Keystone XL pipeline would go through Texas.


  • Patent1

    This is the stupidest project ever.  A giant pipeline carrying heavy, dirty oil from Canada to Texas for export.  Fuel costs in the midwest would INCREASE, and millions of tons of CO2 dumped into the air.  Only about 3,800 low paying McJobs would be created.  

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  • Belladonnakincade

    this is really stupid why risk for it to hurt the aquifer and destroy millions of living things like plants and animals. we should think about the Earth and how it could cause more damage then it is worth. i think we should no put in the keystone XL pipeline and think this threw.

  • MidBosque

    Shareholders of energy plays in Alberta’s tar patch support Keystone XL because without U. S. federal subsidies tar sands oil is a poor market performer!  Please write your Texas representative in support of the taking of Texas property owners land’s for the benefit of Canadian energy firms, their financial bankers, oh, and Chinese motorists.  Then, tell your friends.  The needs of the few outweigh the needs of the many. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.scott.1293 Paul Scott

    This is the oil companies’ version of the Trans Tx. Corridor. Texans will get used and abused by foreign companies in both scams. And to top it all off, the oil will be exported.

  • james clark

    On the other hand people get work and not starve.cry cry bitches,punks.

  • mick

    A Stupid project people say. Regardless of what anyone says it is jobs. Opionions are not warrented. Facts! We as humans us this world up regardless of how or why. Why not this why? This is as stupid as drilling for oil. Or mining for minerals or coal. We as a race destroy. That’s what we do. Whether you want to admit it or not. Do you Drive? Do you have heat in your house? It is all coming from the Earth. Think About it. Facts NOT opinions.

    • Raymond G. Whitham

      Temporary jobs which could jeopardize the environment, water, and air for many recedes to come. Things like this cannot and must not be viewed as a temporary fix with so much at stake. BIG Picture – NOT tunnel vision.

  • john Doe

    I don’t have an issue with it as long as there is no eminent domain used. Let the owners decide what the property is work. If they don’t want to sell or Lease let the pipeline go around them.

    • Guest

      Landowners have no way to stop the pipeline. I repeat landowners have no ability to stop the pipeline. I know this from experience.

  • Joe

    I have thought about it and cannot agree with the people who call it stupid as it creates jobs and will help many people and I mean those who really need the job. These people have prayed for a job like this. As someone else has said, the only sad part is shipping it over seas. We, here in the United States need it as a cushion to get us off of the Arabs oil. These are the Arabs funding the terroist who are trying to kill us. Keep our oil here!

    • Guest

      Ever hear of hemp. Open your eyes and study hemp for fuel. Hemp also replaces plastics, paper, and is biodegradable. We are being suckered by big business.

  • Sean Swindler

    Given all the environmental risks, the ONLY reason to consider this would be is if EVERY drop of oil coming through the pipeline was sold to the U.S., reducing our demand on middle eastern oil. If not, why in the world would this even be considered? It won’t lower gas prices/increase nat security for us.

    • UTexasex

      The Strategic Petroleum Reserve is in great shape. Now having said that, what are we going to do with the excess? I am buying mid-stream oil stocks, i.e. tanks, fractionators, pipelines (extensions of ones that already exist or make them bigger for increased demand) and I am making money.

  • UTexasex

    If you got a map of all of the pipelines in the State of Texas from the Texas Railroad Commission, you would find they look like train tracks. It would be better for the economy to tie-in the various existing pipelines that already exist than to build a pipeline that could potentially damage agricultural land, and when it comes right down to it, in 25 years time, food will be the most precious commodity on the planet along with drinking water. In 25 years, the geeks in Silicon Valley will have made the combustion engine a museum piece.

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