Nebraska report: Keystone XL pipeline poses “minimal” risks

posted at 5:31 pm on January 5, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

During his first term, the Obama administration managed to rather successfully punt on , er, ‘defer for further review processes’ the full authorization of TransCanada Corp.’s proposal to build a 1,700-mile pipeline that would transfer Canadian oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries. The Keystone XL pipeline has been an apt demonstration of some of Democratic subfactions’ competing interests, i.e. the green lobby versus unions, and the administration went to great pains to neglect the high-profile issue and sweep it under the rug before the campaign got into full gear — the many much-need jobs, tax revenues, and free trade/foreign policy benefits be damned.

In his first term, his administration pandered to environmental groups by denying the Canadian government’s application to build the northern half of the pipeline from Canada to Nebraska even though it already had been under review for three years. The decision was not only irresponsible, it was nonsensical. …

At a time when cash-strapped states were struggling through an anemic economic recovery, the president wrote off $585 million in potential state and local tax revenue the pipeline would have generated. …

Yet in the weeks ahead, opposition groups will continue to pressure the president to reject the Keystone XL pipeline on environmental grounds. They will press forward with their misinformation campaign, despite the fact that transporting oil by way of pipelines produces fewer carbon emissions than transporting it by truck, rail or oceangoing tankers sent overseas. Even the State Department’s environmental analysis of the Keystone pipeline noted failure to build the pipeline could result in greater emissions.

‘Opposition groups’ being the polite way to put it; the southernmost portion of the pipeline is already being built across Texas, and authorities there have to regularly do battle with crazed green extremists determined to halt construction and raise awareness.

The deputies had puzzled for hours over how to extricate them from the tracks of the heavy machines used to chew through the East Texas pines. In the early morning darkness of November 19, before work crews arrived, the protesters had fastened themselves to the equipment with lock boxes — mechanisms straight from the civil disobedience toolkit. Take a length of PVC or steel pipe, two lengths of chain, carabiners and two willing arms, and you get a few hours of frustration for law enforcement.

Their intention was to halt the advance of what may soon become the longest pipeline outside of Russia or China. Since construction began in August, protesters have used their bodies to tie up heavy equipment or otherwise obstruct workers clearing the pipeline’s path through East Texas. …

But it isn’t the pipeline itself these protesters most fear; it’s what it will carry: as much as 830,000 barrels a day of a form of semisolid petroleum the consistency of asphalt, called bitumen. To render it liquid, it is blended with natural-gas condensate or synthetic crude oil.

Radical environmentalists’ penchant for counterproductivity never ceases to amaze. These oil sands were always going to be purchased and used whether we complete this pipeline or not, the only real question being if we would thumbs-up doing business with our friendly northern neighbor ourselves or decline and watch the resources get tankered over to China instead. What’s more, the environmental lobby will not be able to fully stop the oil-and-gas boom happening across the U.S. due to the reserves now unlocked by hydraulic fracturing technologies, and by far the safest and most efficient way to transport these resources is via terrestrial pipeline.

On Friday, Nebraska provided a tentative green-light that will be crucial in pushing the Obama administration to finally get a move on and just approve the thing already, much to the greenies’ chagrin:

The disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline would pose “minimal” risks to Nebraska’s environment, a state agency said in a report released Friday, removing a major barrier to the project’s receiving final approval.

The much-anticipated final review of the pipeline found that a new route proposed by operator TransCanada Corp. avoids sensitive regions that have been a source of concern. Nebraska became the center of the debate over Keystone XL after the Obama administration rejected a permit for the pipeline last year, saying a congressional deadline made it difficult to conduct a thorough review of the state’s concerns. …

The U.S. State Department is conducting a separate review of the pipeline because it would cross the U.S.-Canada border. The State Department is expected to issue a draft of its own environmental analysis in coming days. …


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What’s was the problem in the first place?

1) The people that live there want it.
2) Nothing is really in Nebraska anyway.
3) It will reduce dependence on foreign oil and create jobs.

Win, win, win win…

nazo311 on January 5, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Either we get our oil in North America, or else we get it from a 3rd world country that hates us that has to ship it around the world with a chance of spill or shipwreck & even if it arrives safely will burn a ton of fossil fuels on the journey.

Which is worse for the environment, Al Gore?

itsnotaboutme on January 5, 2013 at 5:36 PM

itsnotaboutme on January 5, 2013 at 5:36 PM

You are not supposed to use oil – at all!

OldEnglish on January 5, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Between this and fracking this economy would be booming and we could energy indepedant from this sickos in the ME if we had normal folks in charge.

VegasRick on January 5, 2013 at 5:41 PM

You are not supposed to use oil – at all!

OldEnglish on January 5, 2013 at 5:40 PM

But in the event you can’t avoid using oil in the ObamiNation, you must get it from your sworn enemies.

Steve Eggleston on January 5, 2013 at 5:44 PM

…2) Nothing is really in Nebraska anyway.

nazo311

Best check yourself.

Many Nebraskans have wanted this pipeline for a good long time, but the few enviro-weenies out here, back by fellow enviro-nutjobs and assorted whackos have been trying to block this.

And I know because I live in Nebraska.

Gothguy on January 5, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Excuse me but don’t forget that Obama + Buffett + Burlington Northern Santa Fe = already railing 500,000 barrels a day to the Gulf coast and are prepared to move 1,000,000 BPD for processing. There will be no XL pipeline anytime soon because it’s payback time and jobs do not matter to Obama or Berkshire Hathaway. Also, please remember that the Democrat Party is for the “little guy”. Republicans are for the eeevil wealthy who steal their wealth from the “little guy”. This has nothing to do with the environment, only corrupt, self-centered leadership.

philoise65 on January 5, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Obviously, this report is faulty.

BobMbx on January 5, 2013 at 5:51 PM

You are not supposed to use oil – at all!

OldEnglish on January 5, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Then, what shall we use to grease the treads of our tanks?

BobMbx on January 5, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Science is no match for ScienceTM.

besser tot als rot on January 5, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Many Nebraskans have wanted this pipeline for a good long time, but the few enviro-weenies out here, back by fellow enviro-nutjobs and assorted whackos have been trying to block this.

And I know because I live in Nebraska.

Gothguy on January 5, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Nice folks in Nebraska too.

I’m a Southern Miss fan and appreciated you coming to play us in Hattiesburg. We took one from you but you play some good football.

itsspideyman on January 5, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Meanwhile exploding deficits pose “maximum” risk but we’re all okay with that.

heretic on January 5, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Then, what shall we use to grease the treads of our tanks?

BobMbx on January 5, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Whale blubber … oh … wait!

OldEnglish on January 5, 2013 at 6:05 PM

They are building this just a couple of miles from my house here in East Texas. Amazing. They set up a yard for supplies. There were trucks running around everywhere. I couldn’t drive down to the store without passing at least five trucks loaded with pipe. Then, boom, they were gone. Moved off to another section, I guess. I know they aren’t really done as they haven’t run it under the roads, yet. I’m looking forward to seeing how they do that.

I heard they arrested Daryl Hannah a few miles north of here at some protest. If I’d have known, I’d have driven up and taken a few pictures. I haven’t seen anybody protesting at all. I can’t imagine the locals would take too kindly to it.

trigon on January 5, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Well good luck Nebraska, you need to get past the epa and the bug/lizard/bird bunch that just might be harmed by this nasty pipeline!
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letget on January 5, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Yet in the weeks ahead, opposition groups will continue to pressure the president to reject the Keystone XL pipeline on environmental grounds. They will press forward with their misinformation campaign, despite the fact that transporting oil by way of pipelines produces fewer carbon emissions than transporting it by truck, rail or oceangoing tankers sent overseas. Even the State Department’s environmental analysis of the Keystone pipeline noted failure to build the pipeline could result in greater emissions.

(Emphasis mine)

Let us not forget that in addition to pandering to the greenies, Ogabe endlessly panders to his supporters — in this case Warren Buffet. It just so happens that Warren’s conglomerate — Berkshire Hathaway — owns a big railroad, a big railroad that makes lots of moeny transporting oil in its various forms from the oil fields of North Dakota and Canada to other places in the US. Does anyone really think Ogabe will thwart Warren’s greed and the greenies both at the same time?

catsandbooks on January 5, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Facts, schmacts. Carbon is evil. The end.

novaculus on January 5, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Many Nebraskans have wanted this pipeline for a good long time, but the few enviro-weenies out here, back by fellow enviro-nutjobs and assorted whackos have been trying to block this.

And I know because I live in Nebraska.

Gothguy on January 5, 2013 at 5:49 PM

I’m in the exact same boat. A handful of airheaded greenie-weenies are the ones making all the fuss. If I had my way they’d be banned from using cars or any form of advertising except hand-painted signs until the pipeline was completed.

MelonCollie on January 5, 2013 at 6:19 PM

In his first term, his administration pandered to environmental groups by denying the Canadian government’s application to build the northern half of the pipeline from Canada to Nebraska even though it already had been under review for three years. The decision was not only irresponsible, it was nonsensical. …

At a time when cash-strapped states were struggling through an anemic economic recovery, the president wrote off $585 million in potential state and local tax revenue the pipeline would have generated. …

Yet in the weeks ahead, opposition groups will continue to pressure the president to reject the Keystone XL pipeline on environmental grounds. They will press forward with their misinformation campaign, despite the fact that transporting oil by way of pipelines produces fewer carbon emissions than transporting it by truck, rail or oceangoing tankers sent overseas. Even the State Department’s environmental analysis of the Keystone pipeline noted failure to build the pipeline could result in greater emissions

S M A R T P O W E R !

…Buffet needs to get a piece of the pie too…along with others…have to get that all in place first!

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2013 at 6:22 PM

What’s was the problem in the first place?

1) The people that live there want it.
2) Nothing is really in Nebraska anyway.
3) It will reduce dependence on foreign oil and create jobs.

Win, win, win win…

nazo311 on January 5, 2013 at 5:35 PM

.
The problem is that it contributes to a strong and independent United States.

Other than that, it’s truly the “win, win, win, win” you said it is.

listens2glenn on January 5, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Many Nebraskans have wanted this pipeline for a good long time, but the few enviro-weenies out here, back by fellow enviro-nutjobs and assorted whackos have been trying to block this.

And I know because I live in Nebraska.

Gothguy on January 5, 2013 at 5:49 PM

.
The enviro-weenies and enviro-nutjobs are simply “useful idiots” for the real powers that are pushing this agenda. This is all about making the U.S. “null and void”, and nothing else.

listens2glenn on January 5, 2013 at 6:33 PM

I see this in the context of National Security. I would shoot the greenies. They are acting against National Security, i.e., terrorist.

Bmore on January 5, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Bmore on January 5, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Yay, I am not alone!

OldEnglish on January 5, 2013 at 6:37 PM

I see this in the context of National Security. I would shoot the greenies. They are acting against National Security, i.e., terrorist.

Bmore on January 5, 2013 at 6:36 PM

…Oh oh!…you’re talking guns again!…I would use a baseball bat…or a pocket knife with a blade no longer than three inches… max!

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Deputies should chain activists to heavy machinery behind the cop station and leave them there for a few days/weeks/months/years.

Danno on January 5, 2013 at 6:43 PM

You would not have to shoot many of them I think. For the queasy, start with rubber bullets and migrate to live rounds. Once a few of them get shot they will stop. They are pussies.

Bmore on January 5, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Excuse me but don’t forget that Obama + Buffett + Burlington Northern Santa Fe = already railing 500,000 barrels a day to the Gulf coast and are prepared to move 1,000,000 BPD for processing. There will be no XL pipeline anytime soon because it’s payback time and jobs do not matter to Obama or Berkshire Hathaway. Also, please remember that the Democrat Party is for the “little guy”. Republicans are for the eeevil wealthy who steal their wealth from the “little guy”. This has nothing to do with the environment, only corrupt, self-centered leadership.

philoise65 on January 5, 2013 at 5:50 PM

This is an aspect of this whole deal that the Leftists never bring up.

visions on January 5, 2013 at 6:44 PM

…Buffet needs to get a piece of the pie too…along with others…have to get that all in place first!

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Excuse me but don’t forget that Obama + Buffett + Burlington Northern Santa Fe = already railing 500,000 barrels a day to the Gulf coast and are prepared to move 1,000,000 BPD for processing. There will be no XL pipeline anytime soon because it’s payback time and jobs do not matter to Obama or Berkshire Hathaway. Also, please remember that the Democrat Party is for the “little guy”. Republicans are for the eeevil wealthy who steal their wealth from the “little guy”. This has nothing to do with the environment, only corrupt, self-centered leadership.

philoise65 on January 5, 2013 at 5:50 PM

seeeeeeeeeeeee!…I missed that!

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Nebraska report: Keystone XL pipeline poses “minimal” risks

America report: Obama poses “very high” risk to pipeline.

Electrongod on January 5, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Whale blubber … oh … wait!

OldEnglish on January 5, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Relax….whales are a renewable resource.

BobMbx on January 5, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Nebraska report: Keystone XL pipeline poses “minimal” risks

America report: Obama poses “very high” risk to pipeline.

Electrongod on January 5, 2013 at 6:53 PM

…he prolley want’s to wait five more years…so it will take five more years!

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2013 at 7:02 PM

The report is wrong. The facts clearly show that the Keystone XL pipeline could cause irrecoverable harm to President Choom’s relations with the idiotic green movement, and possible harm to many of President Choom’s campaign contributors.

RoadRunner on January 5, 2013 at 7:13 PM

The corporate pay-days must have stopped.

Jazz Shaw stopped doing the shale oil stories.

mmmm hmmmmmm

SD Tom on January 5, 2013 at 7:41 PM

The Reuters article still whines about “carbon emissions” which is stupid because if that oil doesn’t come here, it will just go to China so the carbon will be emitted either way, pipeline or no pipeline.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/04/us-transcanada-keystone-nebraska-idUSBRE9030JC20130104

This is the deal as I understand it:

The tar sands oil is very heavy sour crude. We have refinery capacity in the Gulf Coast region that was built to refine heavy sour crude from Venezuela. We are not getting as much oil from Venezuela so we have excess capacity able to refine it. The pipeline is designed to get that crude down to the Gulf Coast so we can use that capacity.

As it stands today, that crude is being shipped by rail that crosses the very same areas they are complaining about a pipeline crossing. The thing is, that rail line is owned by Warren Buffett. If that pipeline is built, Buffett loses millions in revenue.

There is no valid argument about “carbon emissions” because Canada has demonstrated that they are quite willing to build a pipeline to British Columbia and sell the oil to China.

China is already buying up oil sands production fields and building pipelines in Canada:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/china-takes-new-step-in-oil-sands/article4718768/

crosspatch on January 5, 2013 at 7:43 PM

crosspatch on January 5, 2013 at 7:43 PM

You’ve got it. One last thing, should Enbridge complete its already approved expansion to IL, then Capline can be reversed for 1.2 million BPD to a major terminal in Louisiana (formerly used for oil imported via the only supertanker terminal in the Lower 48, LOOP.

Kermit on January 5, 2013 at 8:31 PM

crosspatch, there was a proposed pipeline to a terminal at Kitmat which was cancelled before Keystone XL was officially proposed. 400,000 bpd for export to the Far East.

Kermit on January 6, 2013 at 1:20 AM

Obama is a greasy fellow: why not let him jump in the pipeline itself and personally check it himself from the inside?

Who knows? He might make some friends down there; fellow travelers if you will….

That foul fellow from The Hobbit comes to mind.

What’s his name??

Sherman1864 on January 6, 2013 at 3:12 AM

Can’t we just build mirrors to collect the suns energy instead…and windmills on top of them?

BTW, I understand these protesters, what do you need energy for if you don’t work? You don’t need to drive, you don’t work for a company that needs energy, basically you need some energy for the internet to stay connected, and fuel for you plane to fly you around to protests. If they don’t need it, why do we?

right2bright on January 6, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Sherman1864 on January 6, 2013 at 3:12 AM

unclesméagol

Al in St. Lou on January 7, 2013 at 3:04 PM