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.