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Keystone XL 'will be safe,' panel told

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"Debate over the contentious Keystone XL pipeline, which over the last four years has turned into an epic battle between the oil industry and a relatively small number of impassioned Nebraska farmers and ranchers, reached a head here Thursday as activists and businessmen gathered to make their final pleas to U.S. federal government officials. More than 600 people braved a late-season snowstorm to attend the hearings, which focus on the pipeline's environmental impacts. Some drove for several hours through snow-swept country roads, then lined up for an hour or more outside the fairgrounds arena where the hearings were held. More than 200 people testified, many of whom portrayed pipeline owner TransCanada as a 'foreign company invading our land.' Local members of Native American tribes such as the Sioux used the occasion to protest broken treaties and environmental contamination. If constructed, the pipeline will be the largest in the United States and will carry mostly oilsands bitumen from Alberta to Texas refineries. It will also carry some oil from the Bakken oilfields in North Dakota. While businessmen trumpeted the pipeline project as a major job creator and tax boom that will increase American energy security, landowners worried that it would pollute their water resources, damage grasslands and contribute to global warming."
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Pipelines won't solve our problems

Pipelines won't solve our problems | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it
For years I was a voice in the wilderness calling for an oil pipeline to bring western oil to Eastern Canada. Now that TransCanada and Enbridge each have plans to build one, I should be pleased. But I'm not.
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Gazette opinion: TransCanada pipeline permit should be issued soon

"As the bureaucratic permitting process grinds on, the latest environmental impact statement confirms there’s no substantial environmental or safety reason to stop the Keystone XL pipeline."
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White House: Keystone XL Pipeline Not A Climate Change Cure | TIME.com

White House: Keystone XL Pipeline Not A Climate Change Cure | TIME.com | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it
The White House says no final decision has been made about the fate of the pipeline, but for environmentalists reading the tea leaves, such rhetoric is not a positive sign.
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John Kerry mum on Keystone XL pipeline

John Kerry mum on Keystone XL pipeline | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it
"Secretary of State John Kerry and his Canadian counterpart refused to offer hints Friday about the biggest economic decision facing their countries: the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline. But they stressed that the U.S."
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Keystone XL pipeline approved by governor, now in Obama's hands (+video)

Keystone XL pipeline construction was given the go-ahead Tuesday by Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman.
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Update: Progress Energy picks TransCanada for $5-billion natural gas pipeline project

Update: Progress Energy picks TransCanada for $5-billion natural gas pipeline project | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it

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TransCanada Corp. has been selected to build a $5 billion pipeline connecting the growing volumes of B.C. shale natural gas to the West Coast for export.

 

The Calgary-based company (TSX:TRP) announced Wednesday that it will design, build, own and operate the proposed Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project for Progress Energy, which is now a subsidiary of Malaysian state-owned firm Petronas.

 

TransCanada will also spend as much as $1.5 billion to extend an existing transmission line to serve Progress and other gas suppliers.

 

Progress is proposing to build a facility on Lelu Island near Prince Rupert, B.C., where natural gas will be chilled into a liquid state, enabling it to be shipped to lucrative markets across the Pacific by tanker."

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Climate Impact of the Keystone XL Pipeline

Climate Impact of the Keystone XL Pipeline | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it
"If the pipeline has a near zero climate impact and the new route results in 'minimal' local environmental impact, then what’s the big deal?"
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Trains carrying more oil across the US as pipeline projects stall; experts fear major spill

"BILLINGS, Mont. — Energy companies behind the oil boom on the Northern Plains are increasingly turning to an industrial-age workhorse — the locomotive — to move their crude to refineries across the U.S., as plans for new pipelines stall and existing lines can’t keep up with demand. Delivering oil thousands of miles by rail from the heartland to refineries on the East, West and Gulf coasts costs more, but it can mean increased profits — up to $10 or more a barrel — because of higher oil prices on the coasts. That works out to about $700,000 per train. The parade of mile-long trains carrying hazardous material out of North Dakota and Montana and across the country has experts and federal regulators concerned. Rail transport is less safe than pipelines, they say, and the proliferation of oil trains raises the risk of a major derailment and spill. Since 2009, the number of train cars carrying crude hauled by major railroads has jumped from about 10,000 a year to a projected 200,000 in 2012. Much of that has been in the Northern Plains’ Bakken crude patch, but companies say oil trains are rolling or will be soon from Texas, Colorado and western Canada."
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Keystone Review Meaningless Without Climate Assessment

"The U.S. environmental assessment of a new Keystone XL pipeline route from Canada will be meaningless unless it considers the effect mining of oil sands has on climate change, opponents of the project said.

The State Department may release within days the updated review of the path from Alberta to the Gulf Coast proposed by TransCanada Corp. (TRP) President Barack Obama rejected a route that crossed an aquifer in Nebraska. Environmentalists say producing oil from Alberta’s tar sands releases more carbon dioxide than conventional drilling, worsening global warming.
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Keystone XL southern leg permitted as early as Monday

Keystone XL southern leg permitted as early as Monday | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it
"As a deadline rapidly approaches that will automatically permit the construction of the southern leg of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, an increasingly vocal group of landowners, environmentalists and even tea party members are saying that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is now ramming the project through without any public input or environmental review.

On May 11, the Corps confirmed that pipeline owner TransCanada filed applications to build the project’s southern leg, which will move oil from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada, under a process called Nationwide Permit 12, or NWP 12. The permits have already been granted and are under review – but do not require an environmental impact statement. Under NWP 12 protocol, if the Corps fails to finalize review within 45 days, the permits are automatically granted to TransCanada."
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Social Good Summit Live Streamed: Through September 24

Social Good Summit Live Streamed: Through September 24 | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it
LIVE STREAM Make sure to catch the live stream of the entire event right here on the Social Good Summit site.

 


"The Social Good Summit is a three-day conference where big ideas meet new media to create innovative solutions. Held during UN Week from September 22-24, the Social Good Summit unites a dynamic community of global leaders to discuss a big idea: the power of innovative thinking and technology to solve our greatest challenges. The most innovative technologists, influential minds and passionate activists will come together with one shared goal: to unlock the potential of new media and technology to make the world a better place, and then to translate that potential into action."

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Protests And Civil Disobedience Against Construction Of The Keystone XL Pipeline Continue

Protests And Civil Disobedience Against Construction Of The Keystone XL Pipeline Continue | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it
"This morning near Winnesboro, Texas, three protestors chained themselves to logging machinery used to clear trees in the pathway of the Keystone XL pipeline."

"The northern leg of Keystone XL, which runs from Alberta’s tar sands south to Steele City, Nebraska, is under additional review by the State Department. The Department will likely complete its analysis by early 2013. Transcanada, the company behind the pipeline, agreed to reroute the northern section after major concerns were raised about the impacts it could have on Nebraska’s Ogallala Aquifer.

But construction has already begun on the southern leg of the pipeline, which runs from Cushing, Oklahoma to various refineries in southern Texas. Construction on the 'Gulf Coast segment' of the pipeline began in early August after President Obama directed his administration to 'make this project a priority' in March. (A third, middle portion running from Steele City to Cushing is already online)."
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TransCanada announces pipeline proposal

TransCanada has announced plans for another pipeline that would run from Alberta to New Brunswick. Mike Le Couteur reports.
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Obama Tells Donors of Delicate Politics of Keystone Pipeline

"President Obama, who appears to be leaning toward approval of the pipeline, acknowledged that it is difficult to sell aggressive environmental action to people who are struggling."
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Lawmakers push bills to approve Keystone pipeline

Lawmakers push bills to approve Keystone pipeline | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it
"Lawmakers in both chambers of Congress said Friday they are moving forward with bills introduced this week to pluck the power of approving the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Canada's oil sands to Texas, from the hands of the Obama administration. Republican Rep. Lee Terry from Nebraska introduced a bipartisan bill on Friday to approve TransCanada Corp's 800,000 barrels per day Keystone XL pipeline. It is a companion bill to a bipartisan bill introduced on Thursday by Senators John Hoeven, a North Dakota Republican, and Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat. A senior lawmaker said he hopes to have the bill ready for a vote in the full House of Representatives by the end of May. 'Our intent is to bring it to the House floor prior to Memorial Day,' Fred Upton, the chair of the chamber's energy and commerce committee, told reporters. The Memorial Day holiday lands on May 27 this year."
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The Axis of Ennui

Effective energy innovation is not happening where you think it is, Dear Reader.
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Deal could halt Keystone XL pipeline protests

Deal could halt Keystone XL pipeline protests | Keystone XL: Affairs of State | Scoop.it
"An agreement reached between attorneys for a company building a Canada-to-Gulf Coast oil pipeline and various groups protesting the project could signal a retreat on the part of demonstrators. The Longview News-Journal reported Saturday (http: /bit.ly/14mwHZG) that lawyers for TransCanada obtained a permanent injunction against Tar Sands Blockade, Rising Tide North America, Rising Tide Texas and others on Friday in Wood County District Court. Under the injunction, protesters agreed to not go onto TransCanada property to protest; not to prevent access to the company's right of way easements or equipment or that of contractors; and not to threaten or harm any employees of the company or its contractors. The injunction encompasses all TransCanada and pipeline contractor properties, personnel and easements in Texas and Oklahoma."
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The President Knows the Benefits of Keystone XL, But Will He Act?

"The election was more than a month ago and many in Washington and around the country are still scrambling to break out their divining rods and polish off their crystal balls. There are still many unanswered questions about the direction of President Obama’s next term, particularly how it will govern on energy policy. Will the President embrace the economic engine of energy production, or will he side with the climate change lobby and move to support a cap and trade program like the one California just put into place? Based on the campaign rhetoric of the last year, it’s hard to tell. There is one thing that will provide a clear answer to these questions. His decision on the final fate of the Keystone XL pipeline will be the best indicator we have about the president’s plans for the energy sector over the next four years. Already subjected to four years of government study and delay, the Keystone XL pipeline was just reviewed by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ), who held a final public comment meeting on the study this week. The pipeline project will now undergo an additional environmental review by the State Department. This new review should be completed sometime later this year. After that, it’s all up to the President."
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With decision looming, green groups press Obama to kill Keystone XL pipeline l

"More than 70 green groups urged President Obama in a Monday letter to kill the Keystone XL pipeline to make good on promises to address climate change."
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Obama’s top environmental watchdog, EPA chief Lisa Jackson, resigns after nearly 4 years

"EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, the Obama administration’s chief environmental watchdog, is stepping down after nearly four years marked by high-profile brawls over global warming pollution, the Keystone XL oil pipeline, new controls on coal-fired plants and several other hot-button issues that affect the nation’s economy and people’s health. Jackson constantly found herself caught between administration pledges to solve thorny environmental problems and steady resistance from Republicans and industrial groups who complained that the agency’s rules destroyed jobs and made it harder for American companies to compete internationally. The GOP chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan, said last year that Jackson would need her own parking spot at the Capitol because he planned to bring her in so frequently for questioning. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney called for her firing, a stance that had little downside during the GOP primary." ..... "Environmental activist groups and other supporters lauded Jackson for the changes she was able to make, but industry representatives said some may have come at an economic cost. Groups also noted that she leaves a large, unfinished agenda. 'There has been no fiercer champion of our health and our environment than Lisa Jackson, and every American is better off today than when she took office nearly four years ago,' said Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council. But she noted that Jackson’s successor will inherit an unfinished agenda, including the need to issue new health protections against carbon pollution from existing power plants."
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Nebraska agency to issue final Keystone XL evaluation in January: spokesman

"Nebraska's Department of Environmental Quality could issue as early as next week its final evaluation on the Keystone XL project to the state's governor, a DEQ spokesman said Thursday. "'Right now it's looking like early January, but I still don't have a definitive date' on the report's release, Nebraska DEQ spokesman Brian McManus said Thursday. The report is 'very extensive,' with input from a December 4 public hearing in which 105 people testified, he said. 'Even with everyone going full-bore on it, it's taken that amount of time,' McManus said. Governor Dave Heineman is widely expected to give his blessings for Keystone XL, then forward it to the US State Department within 30 days. A spokeswoman with the State Department said last week that the agency had no scheduled release date for the project's draft supplemental environmental impact statement. A public comment period would follow the report's release, though State has not said how long that period would be."
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TransCanada’s Keystone Wins Right to Take Pipeline Land

"TransCanada (TRP) Corp. won court permission to build part of its Keystone XL pipeline across several contested tracts of southeast Texas farmland to carry Canadian tar-sands crude to Gulf Coast refineries.

State judge Tom Rugg Sr. granted the pipeline company’s requests to take possession of the tracts under state eminent- domain laws after a hearing today in Beaumont, Texas.

'The statutory requirements for the issuance of writs of possession are now met,' Rugg said in a two-page ruling, after TransCanada agreed to increase the size and type of surety bonds it posted in the proceeding.

The landowners urged Rugg to deny TransCanada’s access to the disputed tracts, citing a Texas Supreme Court ruling last year that limits the condemnation powers that pipelines can use under state law.

Rugg told lawyers in a letter this week that he wouldn’t hear the landowners’ challenges under the new high-court standards at this stage of the proceedings. A Texas appeals court is scheduled to hear arguments next week that rely on the ruling in a separate eminent-domain case against the Keystone XL pipeline."
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Keystone XL Pipeline protesters dig in for long haul

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"Protesters mounted a tree-top assault on Monday, aimed at halting TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline in Wood County.

Perched in makeshift houses in 80-foot trees, the protesters, calling themselves the Tar Sands Blockade, are 'well-equipped and prepared to stay as long as it takes,' said Ron Seifter, a spokesman for the group.
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Monday’s tree sit-in was staged about 10 miles south of Winnsboro along C.R. 4591 on property owned by David Daniel.

Seifert said the eight protesters — who came from across North Texas — were acting autonomously but with the permission of Daniel to be on the property.

Paul Bassis, who said he was acting as spokesman for Daniel, said the landowner has unsuccessfully battled the tar sands pipeline in court during the past five years."
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Canada's Ambassador Bets 6-Pack of Beer on Keystone Pipeline Approval

The Keystone XL pipeline project may be facing stiff criticism from environmental groups, but that isn't stopping Canada's ambassador to the United States from betting a six-pack of beer on its approval.

"Ambassador Gary Doer took his bullish stance as he gave a speech at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. on Monday. His confidence comes as polls in the United States show increasing public support for the project, even as environmental protectionists strive to sway government officials towards declining the cross-border permit that would be necessary for the pipeline.

The pipeline is intended to pump oil retrieved from Alberta’s oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries in Texas, to proceed.

Public opinion in the U.S. is leaning towards approval, but the two candidates participating in the upcoming presidential election offer differing views on the future of the project; while Mitt Romney has promised to approve it on 'day one' if he should be elected, Barack Obama is committed to delaying a decision until next year, when the State Department completes its review of the project’s many intangible aspects and risks."
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