Skip to comments.Controversial Oil Pipeline Plan to Be Rerouted After Threat of Delayed U.S. Approval
Posted on 11/14/2011 4:31:24 PM PST by Ron C.Edited on 11/14/2011 4:36:08 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
LINCOLN, Neb. Days after the Obama administration threatened to delay approval of a planned oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico -- angering unions while appeasing environmentalists -- the company seeking to build the pipeline says it's willing to reroute the project to get it back on track.
TransCanada said Monday evening it will move the planned pipeline out of the environmentally sensitive Sandhills area of Nebraska, and is confident the project will still win approval.
Yeah there are a few greentards who lurk at FR.
The reality is that the pipeline will face the exact same opposition no matter what route it takes. The farmers of the plains won’t want it because they want to sell ethanol and the greenies don’t want it because they hate humanity and capitalism.
It will be approved right after they approve more coal fired power plants.
Pray for America
Why couldn't the pipeline just go from Canada to Washington State?
Keystones stagnation, though, is good news for Houston-based Enterprise Product Partners, which has teamed with Canadas Enbridge to build its own Alberta-to-the-Gulf network.
Enbridge already has lines to move oil from Alberta to Chicago avoiding the need for State Department approval and from there to Cushing, Okla.
Enterprises proposed Wrangler line would transport the oil from Cushing to the Houston area.
Wrangler becomes the only game in town if Keystones going to be pushed back a year, said Jeff Dietert, an analyst with Houston-based Simmons & Company International. Producers and shippers are going to be interested in moving crude sooner than that.
For some weird reason, the shippers, the producers of the oil, want it shipped to a customer. The customers are, or were, refineries on the gulf coast.
But, hey, that's ok. PM Harper is discussing oil sales with the Chinese PM as we speak. They will just build an All-Canadian pipeline to Prince Rupert, B.C., and then on to tankers bound for Dalian, China.
All that oil and jobs that would have gone to the US is going to go to China because that's the way the President of the United States wants it. Can anyone make any sense of this?
800,000 barrels a day.
The Sandhills make up a very large portion of Nebraska.
I guess oil can’t be put in a ship at a port and moved somewhere.
Oh wait. that was the awful alaska pipeline...the one the grizzes use for a highway - cause it's warm on their toes - and the momma caribous choose to have their calves under because of the warmth and green ribbons of grass - and the improved survial of their new-borns.
the refineries are in Texas
??? No, they really are hills with a lot of sand.
I've been in the Sandhills a number of times, and it's no more environmentally sensitive than any other place. Yes, it's a wetland (what isn't?), and it has a variety of uninteresting flora and fauna. I also don't think it's a very attractive place, but that's a matter of opinion as I know some people love the area. I think we need to ask the environmentalists where it's OK to drill or lay down a pipeline. I think the answer is that anywhere is fine as long as the capitalist US isn't benefiting.
Why don't we run it to Montana, Wyoming and now Colorado?
Montana and Wyoming have existing refineries, and Colorado just announced a huge oil discovery.
It's a lot closer to Canada than the Gulf.
Obviously, you're not familiar with the area.
The entire western half of Nebraska, north of the Platte, is composed mostly of sandhills.
Not dunes. Sandhills. They're covered with grass and, thus, stabilized.
i grew up in the sandhills of nebraska
and i can tell you emphatically:
The source of the oil is Northern Alberta.
There is not enough refinery capacity in Washington State to absorb the Athabascan oil. There is in Texas.
Moreover, most of the system has already been built. Phases 1 and 2 built from Manitoba to Steele City, NE then branches to the Wood River, IL refinery complex and the pipeline terminal at Cushing, OK. Phase 3 will be from Cushing to Texas. Phase 4 is the environmentally "sensitive" project -- a cut-off directly from Alberta to Steele City, NE.
This cut-off would not only increase capacity, it would also serve the Bakken field with a terminal in Baker, MT.
This project has been in the works for a long time. It's only at the last moment the enviros and the Obama administration have seen fit to blow the whistle.
Sure it can.
And if the Keystone XL isn't built, the Canadians will build a pipeline to the West Coast -- not to Washington State, but to Prince Rupert, BC -- and sell the oil to the Chinese.