Posts Tagged ‘pipeline’
What the beach looks like – minus oil
The oil spill from a leaked pipeline in Thailand has reached one of the country’s popular tourism islands, officials have said.
The authorities have warned tourists to avoid oil-slicked water on Koh Samet.
A pipeline operated by PTT Global Chemical leaked on Saturday spilling an estimated 50,000 litres of oil.
Hundreds of people, including navy personnel, environment officials and villagers were battling to clean the oil from Samet’s beaches.
“The top priorities right now are to get rid of the oil on the sand and the seawaters, and to make sure the spill doesn’t spread to other shores,” said local deputy provincial governor Supeepat Chongpanish.
“This is a very beautiful, white, sandy beach, so we want to make the spill go away as soon as possible.”
Some hotel guests were cutting their holiday short because of the oil spill.
“…It’s chaotic right now. Many people and officials are on the beach dealing with it,” a hotel worker told AFP news agency.
Not so pretty for a spell. I don’t know anyone this side of Royal Dutch Shell who thinks the sight of oil on the water makes any place more attractive to tourists. Or to the folks who live there.
Oil has long lived in harmony with farmland and cattle across the Texas landscape, a symbiosis nurtured by generations and built on an unspoken honor code that allowed agriculture to thrive while oil was extracted.
Proud Texans have long welcomed the industry because of the cash it brings to sustain agriculture, but also see its presence as part of their patriotic duty to help wean the United States off “foreign” oil. So the answer to companies that wanted to build pipelines has usually been simple: Yes.
As the company pursues construction of a 1,179-mile-long cross-country pipeline meant to bring Canadian tar sands oil to South Texas refineries, it’s finding opposition in the unlikeliest of places: oil-friendly Texas, a state that has more pipelines snaking through the ground than any other.
In the minds of some landowners approached by TransCanada for land, the company has broken the code.
Nearly half the steel TransCanada is using is not American-made and the company won’t promise to use local workers exclusively; it can’t guarantee the oil will remain in the United States. It has snatched land. Possibly most egregious: The company has behaved like an arrogant foreigner, unworthy of operating in Texas…
Oil and agriculture have lived in peace in part because a one-time payment from a pipeline company or monthly royalties from a production rig can help finance a ranch or farm that struggle today to turn a profit from agriculture. The oil giants also respected landowners’ fierce Texas independence, even sometimes drilling in a different yard or rerouting a pipeline to ensure easy access to the minerals below.
TransCanada is different. For one, it has more often sought and received court permission to condemn land when property owners didn’t agree to an easement.
Most pipeline projects in Texas have been completed with an average of 4 percent to 10 percent of condemned land. TransCanada, however, has condemned more than 100 of the 800 or so tracts – or about 12.5 percent – of the land it needed to complete a 485-mile portion of the pipeline that runs through Texas.
Many of the lawsuits in Texas are about TransCanada’s “common carrier” status. This allows companies building projects benefiting the public to condemn private property. The Texas Supreme Court recently ruled if a landowner challenges a condemnation, the company must prove its project is for the public good.
This part of a possible solution is problematical in its own right. Unless you think Texas courts are any less driven by ideology than, say, Congress. Unless you think Texas courts are any less likely to take sides with pipeline companies “for the public good”.
A Canadian company has reapplied for a permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline that would connect the tar sands oil development in northern Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast…
TransCanada Corp. wants a permit for a section of the pipeline that would run from the Canadian border to connect to an existing pipeline in Steele City, Nebraska, according to a State Department statement.
The issue has become a political football in the United States, with Republicans accusing the Obama administration of delaying the project in an election year to placate the environmental lobby.
Top Republicans, including presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney, say the issue shows that Obama’s energy policies are harming economic growth…
Which should make it clear who is bought-and-paid for by Big Oil. Right now, the United States is producing more oil than any time in the last 12 years. Right back before the Bush/Cheney farce.
Earlier this year, the State Department, which has authority over permits for international pipelines, rejected TransCanada’s first application because it lacked an alternate route to avoid a vital aquifer in Nebraska.
Last month, TransCanada proposed an alternate route through Nebraska, and state officials say it will take six to nine months to fully review it…This is a state governed by Republicans. Old-fashioned enough to care about water quality.
The American Petroleum Institute, which advocates for the oil industry, called Friday for the government to approve the new permit application without further review…Their say-so should be sufficient, right? Just like trusting them for oil spill security.
Opponents, including environmentalists, say that the pipeline might leak and that it would lock the United States into a particularly dirty form of crude oil that might ultimately end up being exported anyway…Half-right. We have millions of miles of domestic pipelines and leaking is truly rare.
Yes, my understanding is that the petroleum products from this oil are destined for export. So what? That still means jobs and profits made in the USA. I have no beef with increasing our export income. It will provide one more opportunity for Romney and the Republicans to lie about our balance of trade.
Obama delays Keystone pipeline decision to avoid 2012 elections – Canada isn’t waiting around for insecure Democrats
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he will step up efforts to supply energy to Asia after Washington delayed a decision on whether to approve a new oil pipeline from Canada to the United States.
In a subtle warning to Washington, Harper told Chinese President Hu Jintao that providing energy to Asia was an important priority for Canada.
“This does underscore the necessity of Canada making sure that we are able to access Asia markets for our energy products,” Harper told reporters on Sunday at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders’ meeting in Hawaii. “That will be an important priority of our government going forward and I indicated that yesterday to the president of China.”
Citing health, safety and environmental concerns, President Barack Obama’s administration said it would now study a possible new route for TransCanada Corp’s Keystone XL pipeline. The delay could end up killing the $7 billion project altogether if supporters back out or the administration is unable to chart a new route.
Health, safety and environment are the concerns voiced. Most are wholly illegitimate. I’d gladly discuss any real issues here – but, decades of experience as environment activist requires cutting through the political crap.
Canada is already the largest foreign supplier of oil, natural gas, electricity and uranium to the United States. The proposed pipeline has the capacity to move 700,000 barrels of crude produced from the Alberta tar sands to refineries in Texas…
Harper’s conservative government has repeatedly voiced disappointment at the delay and some big businesses say the move by the Obama administration was purely political to push the decision out past the November 2012 election.
Certainly, the issues are being discussed. I started to watch a presentation on CNN, yesterday; but, the sophistry, lies and hypocrisy were at the level of a Republican “debate” on commerce with China. As soon as the so-called environmentalist said the oil was being transported to the Gulf of Mexico to be transshipped to our “arch enemy, China” – I changed the channel back to an FA Cup match.
As this article makes clear, the pipeline runs to the Gulf of Mexico because that’s where the refineries are. Cripes. If Canada had wanted to make China their primary customer they would have premised production from Alberta on getting to West Coast refineries from the beginning – as they will, now that Obama has put off yet another decision until after the 2012 elections.
As it stands, Canadians still must commit one way or the other on the much more critical ecological decision ranging from nuclear power generation to landscape regeneration before any expansion of oil sands production.
About 10,000 opponents of a proposed pipeline for carrying oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast surrounded the White House on Sunday – exactly a year before the 2012 election – seeking to pressure President Barack Obama to reject the project.
If approved, the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline, to be built by Calgary-based TransCanada Corp., would carry crude from the tar sands region in Alberta to Gulf Coast refineries in Texas, passing through six states.
Supporters such as oil industry groups and some labor unions say the pipeline would reduce U.S. reliance on oil from the volatile Mideast and create 20,000 jobs in a U.S. economy that desperately needs the boost.
Environmental groups despise the project and call it a needlessly risky method of producing dirty energy. They say the pipeline could leak, endangering drinking water. They say extracting the thick crude from tar sands is itself a greenhouse-gas producing, wasteful process. And they say the promise of jobs is a false one, claiming it would produce only about 6,000 temporary jobs…
The Keystone decision poses a political dilemma for Obama, with an approaching election that likely will hinge on the economy. He will inevitably anger one of his constituencies – either the unions supporting the project or environmentalists and others opposing it.
The Obama administration must issue a permit to approve Keystone because it would cross the U.S.-Canada border. Though Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has said she’s “inclined” to approve the project, the final verdict rests with Obama, who recently said he will wait until after the State Department finishes its review of the proposal.
I support a couple of the environmental groups involved in this political battle. Doesn’t mean I think they’re completely in the right. When they stretch facts and presume statistical likelihoods of pipeline failure, oil spills resulting from pipelines transiting the United States north-to-south, they haven’t a leg to stand on. The number of failures in the lower 48 over the decades [and miles] of pipeline is negligible.
Similarly, the case for greenhouse gases expanding dramatically is grounded on the Canadian government deciding against building a nuclear powerplant to generate electricity for the production of oil from the Alberta sands.
The issue has to be decided on sound environmental practices. Whether or not you can have confidence on both governments doing the right thing on behalf of citizens of both countries? Can they be trusted to work to standards sufficiently high to protect the environment in Canada and the United States?
The first oil pipeline linking the world’s biggest oil producer, Russia, and the world’s biggest consumer of energy, China, has begun operating.
The pipeline, running between Siberia and the northeastern Chinese city of Daqing, will allow a rapid increase in oil exports between the two countries.
Concentrated in western Siberia, Russia’s network of pipelines for oil exports has so far run towards Europe.
Until now, Russian oil has been transported to China by rail. Russia is expected to export 15m tonnes of oil through the new pipeline each year – about 300,000 barrels a day.
The core of China’s stimulus programs was infrastructure. Not only energy-based facilities like this pipeline; but, four transcontinental high-speed railways systems. The Great Recessaion served as an opportunity to build commerce for the long haul.
So, what infrastructure was added – not rebuilt – in your neck of the prairie?
The only rail project we had in the hopper was completed, especially helping state and private employees commuting to Santa Fe from Albuquerque, tourists flying into the Sunport and coming to northern New Mexico.
Our new Republican governor will probably shut it down.
Narcotics investigators have raided three South Florida pain clinics suspected of feeding a black-market pipeline of prescription painkillers stretching to Kentucky and other Appalachian states.
Agents with the DEA, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office carted away boxes of records after serving search warrants at American Pain in Lake Worth, Executive Pain in West Palm Beach and the East Coast Pain Clinic in West Palm Beach on Wednesday morning.
The clinics are owned or managed by Christopher and Jeffrey George, 29-year-old twin brothers from Royal Palm Beach. Neither one is a licensed medical professional. Both have criminal records.
What sort of patent-leather regulatory authority allows thugs like this to run medical clinics?
The Miami Herald highlighted the George brothers in an investigation of the pain clinic business published last year. The Herald investigation showed that loose regulations have made South Florida a haven for storefront clinics selling oxycodone and other painkillers at a pace unseen anywhere else in the country.
Several sheriffs in Kentucky — a prime hot spot for illegal painkillers — told The Herald they routinely arrested people trafficking oxycodone bought from a Wilton Manors clinic called South Florida Pain, also owned by Christopher George, records show. South Florida Pain later merged with American Pain in Boca Raton, and then relocated to Lake Worth…
The George brothers have run afoul of law enforcement before. In 2003, Jeffrey George pleaded guilty to felony charges of dealing in stolen property and resisting arrest, records show. Christopher George also pleaded guilty to grand theft and possession of steroids with intent to sell, records show.
Their criminal pasts, however, did not prevent the Georges from owning or managing pain clinics selling dangerous narcotics — a loophole some lawmakers hope to close during the legislative session.
Under current law, the state licenses only medical facilities that take insurance — and most pain clinics only take cash. So while the state requires criminal background checks for employees at licensed facilities, there is no such requirement at cash-only pain clinics.
Sounds like the Florida legislature is willingly incompetent. Ready and able to comply with the demands of gangsters at a moment’s notice. Until someone gets caught.
U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday nominated Larry Persily, a veteran Alaska policy maker and former aide to former Governor Sarah Palin, to oversee plans for a massive, long-desired Alaska natural gas pipeline.
Persily, a former Alaska journalist, worked for more than a decade on oil and gas issues for three Alaska governors, including Palin, who was John McCain’s running mate on the Republican ticket that lost to Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in the 2008 presidential election.
Persily, currently is a resource specialist for the Alaska legislature, became a vocal critic of Palin after leaving her office. He famously likened her to Argentine icon Eva Peron…
Two groups are competing for rights and financing to build a pipeline carrying natural gas from Alaska’s North Slope to domestic U.S. markets…
TransCanada and Exxon are entitled to up to $500 million in state subsidies and the state is prohibited from negotiating with other potential pipeline sponsors, under the AGIA terms..
That’s the law passed by Palin which limits bidding to just those two corporations.
The other sponsor is a joint venture created by BP and ConocoPhillips, the two other major North Slope producers. That venture, called Denali, is proceeding outside of the AGIA terms.
As well as I recall, the Canadian portion of this hookup has been ready and waiting for years. If I’m wrong, surely someone will note the correction.
Regardless, time to stop flaring and start pumping southward – is overdue.