Skip to comments.XL: stalled once again, ...decision to accept comments past mid-terms ‘inexplicable’
Posted on 04/28/2014 1:14:33 PM PDT by thackney
TransCanada considers decision to accept comments past mid-terms inexplicable
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The Canadian government has got the answer it demanded, but not the one it wanted.
The Obama administration has indicated its final verdict on Keystone XL will be stalled until after the mid-term elections in November and could carry over to 2015.
Alaskas Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, one of the pipelines most ardent supporters, ranked the latest delay as a stunning act of political cowardice.
A spokesman for Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said his government is disappointed that politics continue to delay a decision on Keystone XL.
This project will create tens of thousands of jobs on both sides of the border, will enhance the energy security of North America, has strong public support and the U.S. State Department has, on multiple occasions, acknowledged it will be environmentally sound, he said.
Alberta Premier Dave Hancock said the project has been exposed to a thorough, predictable and independent regulatory process and has been demonstrated to be in North Americas best interest as it provides energy security, jobs and a dependable energy source from an environmentally responsible and democratic friend and ally.
The inexplicable delay
Russ Girling, chief executive officer of TransCanada, said in a release his company is extremely disappointed and frustrated with yet another delay that he described as inexplicable. He said Americans will miss out on another construction season where they could have worked to build Keystone XL and provide for their families. We feel for them.
Girling said the U.S. is now left even more dependent on suspect and aggressive foreign leaders for imported oil.
He noted that the original Keystone pipeline has been shipping crude to refineries near St. Louis since 2010.
It is about the same length of pipe as Keystone XL, carries the same oil and also crossed (the Canada-U.S. border). It took just 21 months to study and approve. After more than 2,000 days, five exhaustive environmental reviews and over 17,000 pages of scientific data, Keystone XL continues to languish, Girling said.
He blamed interest groups and paid activists for stalling a project and creating higher greenhouse gas emissions and greater public risk by forcing shippers to use rail to ship crude while they wait for a new pipeline.
David Collyer, president of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, said in a statement that the announcement was disappointing and provided no legitimate reason for further delay.
However, he conceded that the delay is perhaps not surprising given the way this has played out so far.
Shawn Howard, a spokesman for TransCanada, said in an email that shippers who have agreements to use XL are still 100 percent behind the project and there is a waiting list of companies interested in moving crude through the pipeline if the system is expanded.
Howard said the customers want a direct connection between the U.S. and Canadian oilfields and American refineries that will improve security of supply for oil that will be needed well into the 2040s while lowering U.S. imports that are currently up to 9 million barrels per day.
On the environmental issue, Howard said its time for people to recognize the facts.
In addition to the superior safety record of pipelines over other modes of transportation, he noted that the U.S. State Department has indicated that without XL greenhouse gas emissions would be 28 percent to 42 percent higher.
That hardly seems like the responsible environmental path to follow, Howard said.
State Department blames courts
The State Department said April 18 it had notified eight federal agencies they would have more time to contribute to a decision on whether the pipeline should proceed. It partly linked the delay to a recent Nebraska court ruling that the state government illegally tried to mandate the pipeline route. That decision is under appeal at the state supreme court.
State Department officials said in a conference call that the legal action gave them no option but to extend the deadline for government agencies to comment on the anticipated impact of XL until the final route was settled as the impact on local ecosystems was understood.
Rachel Wolf, a spokeswoman for All Risk, No Reward Coalition, said the State Departments extended comment period is a huge victory for climate champions and communities from Alberta down to Nebraska and the Gulf. Every day without Keystone XL is a day we keep high-carbon tar sands in the ground.
She said the postponement confirms, yet again, that this project is not permit-able. This export pipeline fails the climate test, fails the jobs test, and doesnt even have a legal route.
The Canadian government has got the answer it demanded...
The answer it demanded was yes or know. What it got was “I’ll get back to you.”
That is not an answer.
Money from enviro-nutjobs is far more important than the energy integrity of America. This became obvious over five years ago.
“The Canadian government has got the answer it demanded...
No it didnt.
The answer it demanded was yes or know. What it got was Ill get back to you.
That is not an answer.”
Actually, that is a liberal politician’s way of answering with a No. It is too bad that Obama hates America and Americans.
They're really not very bright at all, are they?
Guess those 5,000 rail cars Warren Buffett bought will pay off for certain, now.
Yep. BTW, I goofed. know = no. ;-)
That leaves only one reason to oppose XL: destroying the U.S. economy.
We know who wants to do that.
Why the hell do those on our side accept this ridiculous environazi premise one iota? The statement should read as follows:
He blamed interest groups and paid activists for stalling a project and
creating higher greenhouse gas emissions and greater public risk by forcing shippers to use rail to ship crude while they wait for a new pipeline. He then acknowledged the deep-pocketed backers of the 'paid activists' that continue to push their phony 'greenhouse gas emissions' propaganda, and called them out for the lying rent-seekers that they are.
The GOP really needs to capitalize on their advantages.
With all of Obama’s supposed concern about the poor and minorities, he sure doesn’t seem to have any problem having a potential disaster rolling through heavily populated Detroit residential neighborhoods in the form of oil trains on their way to Windsor.
Because, even on the basis of their absurd premise, XL is better.
Might as well say it.
Oh, it be very ‘splicable.
The Democrat Party is going to steal every penny they can get from this Tom Steyer idiot and THEN greenlight the pipeline.