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Keystone XL oil pipeline clears significant hurdle

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Posted: Saturday, February 1, 2014 4:30 am

WASHINGTON — The long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline cleared a major hurdle toward approval Friday, a serious blow to environmentalists’ hopes that President Barack Obama will block the controversial project running more than 1,000 miles from Canada through the heart of the U.S.

The State Department reported no major environmental objections to the proposed $7 billion pipeline, which has become a symbol of the political debate over climate change. Republicans and some oil- and gas-producing states in the U.S. — as well as Canada’s minister of natural resources — cheered the report, but it further rankled environmentalists already at odds with Obama and his energy policy.

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      • Alvin posted at 10:54 am on Sun, Feb 9, 2014.

        Alvin Posts: 98

        Some of the objections to this pipeline I agree with, not because of the reasons stated, but due to the fact that this pipeline is a boon doggle. First let me say that I doubt if any of the oil goes to refining here in the states because none of the oil is capable of being ran in the refineries. There are too many obstacles, problems, with this slake crude to run it in the states. So it'll be exported. So we run an 1100 mile pipeline just to see the oil exported. Second, they are saying 40,000 to 80,000 jobs. Well, as I understand it, The pipeline is already completed between Oklahoma and Wyoming so the only portions that remain to be completed are from the beginning of the pipeline from Alberta, Canada to Oklahoma to the gulf coast. Another tidbit on the pipeline, as I understand it, is the U.S. has given Canada a free ride in regards to spillage and what the consequences would be. In regard to the massive numbers of people that would be employed, ranging from thousands to a couple of hundred. A couple of hundred is what I'm thinking. It would not take that many employees to maintain pressure booster stations and intermediate storage tanks if necessary. As to the pipeline moving across the plains, I think it's chancy at best.
        As to what the cost of gasoline and diesel will be 'if' the pipeline gets the go ahead, the prices you will see are roughly the prices you're see today. Gasoline will remain relatively the same. Diesel, since none of the stateside refineries is set up to run and produce diesel, the cost will remain basically what it is today, so produce price will remain high. So running the XL pipeline will benefit 'the few'.
        For the reasons stated here, I am against the pipeline.

         

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