Keystone XL Pipeline Right-Of-Way Approved By Trump Administration
CHARLESTON, WV - AUGUST 21: President Donald Trump speaks at a rally on August 21, 2018 in Charleston, West Virginia. Paul Manafort, a former campaign manager for Trump and a longtime political operative, was found guilty in a Washington court today of not paying taxes on more than $16 million in income and lying to banks where he was seeking loans. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Trump administration is approving a right-of-way allowing the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline to be built across U.S. land.

According to federal officials, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt would sign the approval for about 45 miles of the line’s route Wednesday. It pushes the controversial $8 billion project closer to construction, but it still faces court challenges. A lawsuit challenging the pipeline is pending before a federal judge in Montana who has previously ruled against the project.

The 1,200-mile pipeline would transport up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil daily from western Canada to U.S. refineries.