Obviously: State’s Keystone pipeline review is “insufficient,” says the EPA

posted at 8:41 pm on April 22, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

You must be joking.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) objected Monday to the State Department’s draft review of the proposed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline route, saying it included “insufficient information” on environmental issues.

In a comment on the State Department’s draft environmental impact statement for the project, EPA said Foggy Bottom failed to fully consider alternative routes for the Canada-to-Texas pipeline.

EPA said the draft review “does not provide a detailed analysis of the Keystone Corridor Alternative routes, which would parallel the existing Keystone Pipeline and likely further reduce potential environmental impacts to groundwater resources.”

Further, EPA urged the State Department to revisit its suggestion that Keystone would not expedite production of Canada’s carbon-intensive oil sands or significantly ramp up greenhouse gas emissions — two major assertions made by the pipeline’s critics.

It said the State Department used an outdated “energy-economic modeling effort” in its analysis that concluded oil sands would find its way to market without Keystone — likely through rail transport.

Yes, EPA, because I’m sure that the United States declining to participate in the development of Canada’s oil resources means that Canada is just going to cut bait and then give up, forever to sit atop their vast reserves twiddling their thumbs, rather than finding alternate means of transport or seeking other markets in this big ol’ energy-ravenous world of ours. Compelling argument, really.

The EPA is oh-so-genuinely hoping that the State Department will more fully vet the pipeline’s alternative options, recommending that the final environmental impact statement “either provide more detailed information as to why these alternatives were not considered reasonable or analyze these alternatives in more detail” — which of course is bureaucratic code for “take your sweet, sweet time on behalf of the taxpayers and help President Obama avoid making this politically tough and inconvenient decision for as long as possible.”

Talk about creating a monster. The Obama administration stalled on the super-controversial-but-actually-just-a-run-of-the-mill-pipeline decision before the presidential election, but the issue has only gained momentum with every interested party the longer they’ve waited — and now they’re left with the highly visible problem while the president is hoping to retake Congress in 2014. (They couldn’t possibly manage to find enough excuses to delay on the decision until after next November, could they? Could they?!)


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They couldn’t possibly manage to find enough excuses to delay on the decision until after next November, could they? Could they?!)

One word: Benghazi

Three more words: Fast and Furious

Any more questions?

nobar on April 22, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Fiddle faddle and twiddle twaddle…

Scrumpy on April 22, 2013 at 8:43 PM

It’s like this country has never laid a pipe before..

*did I spell that right?*

Electrongod on April 22, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Biting my fingernails in anticipation…

Le Sigh

Scrumpy on April 22, 2013 at 8:45 PM

This is what the Soviets felt like, isn’t it? As far as it goes, I mean. A government that barefaces and postures and is flatly, completely corrupt, and having to pretty much ignore whatever its saying and lean on other places entirely for the truth.

Its sort of terrible, this.

Axe on April 22, 2013 at 8:46 PM

A google search of lay..
Isn’t producing any G rated results..

Electrongod on April 22, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Much ado about nothing…

Scrumpy on April 22, 2013 at 8:49 PM

You must be joking.

Un friggin believable.

Hey House, slash EPA funding back to bare bones. Now.

petefrt on April 22, 2013 at 8:50 PM

One can ‘lay’ pipe… :-)

Scrumpy on April 22, 2013 at 8:50 PM

One can ‘lay’ pipe… :-)

Scrumpy on April 22, 2013 at 8:50 PM

You know, between you and RWM, I’m beginning to think every refined and polite British Lady has a Norwegian Merchant Marine inside her looking for any opportunity to get out. :)

Axe on April 22, 2013 at 8:52 PM

One can ‘lay’ pipe… :-)

Scrumpy on April 22, 2013 at 8:50 PM

:)

Google that..

On an unrelated note..
I was shopping for a pressure cooker this morning..
Googling this..
I can now make a 2 megaton pressure cooker..:)

Electrongod on April 22, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Axe on April 22, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha…. ;-D

Scrumpy on April 22, 2013 at 8:54 PM

EG, you were not looking in the right place, so here ya go! ;-)

http://www.ehow.com/how_8772527_lay-heavy-pipe.html

Scrumpy on April 22, 2013 at 8:55 PM

The NeverEnding Environmental Impact Study(s)Story!!!!

canopfor on April 22, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Like butter…

Just check with MSNBC and you will see that the Chinese have top engineers high in their government who are convinced about global warm, er, climate change and they aren’t going to buy this opiate the Canadians are selling. They laugh with our media at the stupid deniers!

Why, they are just being nice to the Canadian trade delegation that just finished a visit April 21st and were being charitable with buying an oil interest in Canada which just happened to be the largest foreign acquisition in the history of the forbidden empire.

Our government always does what is best for the US economy and you can take that to the bank.

IlikedAUH2O on April 22, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Translation:

We’ll be damned if we’re going to allow this pipeline to be completed.

.
To which I respond:

Whatever ……. you’re finished.

listens2glenn on April 22, 2013 at 8:56 PM

EG, you were not looking in the right place, so here ya go! ;-)

http://www.ehow.com/how_8772527_lay-heavy-pipe.html

Scrumpy on April 22, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Thanks..
My searches was reviling Kama Sutra tips..

Electrongod on April 22, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Isn’t this what Hamas and the Palestinian Authority do when they take turns attacking Israel? They claim that the other group is the one doing the bad actions and they cannot be held responsible for the other even though they are both run from the central authority.

Please ignore what my other hand is doing.

njrob on April 22, 2013 at 8:57 PM

One can ‘lay’ pipe… :-)

Scrumpy on April 22, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Scrumpy:—–:O

You Sexist,haha,ahem!
(sarc)

canopfor on April 22, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Electrongod on April 22, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Yes I know, my OTHER post got ate… ;-D

Scrumpy on April 22, 2013 at 8:58 PM

EG, you were not looking in the right place, so here ya go! ;-)

http://www.ehow.com/how_8772527_lay-heavy-pipe.html

Scrumpy on April 22, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Oh..
I did bookmark your link..
I have some irrigation pipe to lay this summer..

Electrongod on April 22, 2013 at 8:58 PM

You Sexist,haha,ahem!
(sarc)
canopfor on April 22, 2013 at 8:58 PM

You sure you got the angle right? ;-)

Scrumpy on April 22, 2013 at 9:00 PM

You sure you got the angle right? ;-)

Scrumpy on April 22, 2013 at 9:00 PM

canopfor has always been a straight shooter..
:)

Electrongod on April 22, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Okay..
This is getting awkward..
AP may pre-post the QOTD..
/

Electrongod on April 22, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Electrongod on April 22, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Between you and Axe and canopfor, maybe I should *swoosh* til later eh?

Things are taking form in my head!! ;-P

Scrumpy on April 22, 2013 at 9:06 PM

What the heck is there really to discuss about the EPA and the pipe?

Not much really…

Scrumpy on April 22, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Scrumpy on April 22, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Do I need to post a link to picture of Weiner..
The ex politian that is..

Electrongod on April 22, 2013 at 9:08 PM

spell checker needs a check-up…

Electrongod on April 22, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Electrongod on April 22, 2013 at 9:08 PM

I gots a stash, so kind to offer tho…

La la la la la la la la………

Slowly disappears into the looming darkness………………….

Scrumpy on April 22, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Going from here to there

Scrumpy on April 22, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Slowly disappears into the looming darkness………………….

Scrumpy on April 22, 2013 at 9:09 PM

LOL..

Electrongod on April 22, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Buffet probably has OFA and Obama on commission. The longer Keystone is delayed, the more Buffet’s railroad makes transporting crude — to Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania. I mean, can’t the guy amortize all those tank cars and engines he bought??

KenInIL on April 22, 2013 at 9:13 PM

F … umm, defund the EPA.

davidk on April 22, 2013 at 9:17 PM

I don’t know if I’m more disgusted by this administration governing against the country’s best interests or the people who were too stupid to know any better by reelecting him.

crrr6 on April 22, 2013 at 9:21 PM

There was a time in this country when greenies had to sue in order to stop free market progress, now the EPA just decrees progress is the enemy of Gaia.

antipc on April 22, 2013 at 9:22 PM

You’d think after even liberal rags came out and admitted there’s been no global warming for the last decade and a half they would reexamine their religion ideology about fossil fuels at least long enough to help our ailing economy.

crrr6 on April 22, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Buffet probably has OFA and Obama on commission. The longer Keystone is delayed, the more Buffet’s railroad makes transporting crude — to Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania. I mean, can’t the guy amortize all those tank cars and engines he bought??

KenInIL on April 22, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Yep, the longer this is delayed the more money the fat slob Buffett makes, and the more he can contribute to democratics. Win-Win!

slickwillie2001 on April 22, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Um… Since when does the EPA have the authority to override the executive office?

News of the Future: Today the EPA ordered President Obama to destroy all nuclear weapons because there was insufficient environmental impact studies. The White House responded that their hands were tied and they would have to comply, President Obama himself said “I firmly believe in a strong defense for our great nation but I’m not a dictator and must abide by the law.

And you can stick that in your Funk and Wagnalls.

Skywise on April 22, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Thomas Jefferson to Alexander Donald, February 7, 1788

“Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.”

We’ve gone from “well informed” to “low information.”

aquaviva on April 22, 2013 at 9:58 PM

When I was looking for a live link for the Canada’s press conference I happened to see a headline stating Obama was going to announce approval of Keystone soon. I think it was at the CBC website.

The Canucks will be upset, or at least I hope they will be.

Dusty on April 22, 2013 at 10:02 PM

This ‘decision’ won’t be made until there is a Republican in the White House.

GarandFan on April 22, 2013 at 10:13 PM

I think they’re hoping that if they delay long enough, the Canadians will give up and then State/EPA/Obama won’t have to make a decision at all.

Steven Den Beste on April 22, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Any more questions?

nobar on April 22, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Acorn, Solyndra, new black panthers, Rev Wright, Bill Ayers, Trillions in debt having spent more than all presidents before him combined, gutted welfare reform….

Yes a lot more questions…the list stretches for miles.

nazo311 on April 22, 2013 at 10:40 PM

The EPA has no further role in this pipeline decision. The absurd attempt to include themselves in this process should simply be ignored.

Freddy on April 22, 2013 at 10:58 PM

This ‘decision’ won’t be made until there is a Republican in the White House.

GarandFan on April 22, 2013 at 10:13 PM

The worse Obama screws up the economy, the more he’ll make the next Republican president look like a genius when he taps into all the energy drilling and fracking to suddenly make the economy boom.

Of course, that’s assuming the Republican party isn’t stupid. If instead we get another RINO retread who tries to out-Obama the Democrat, then all bets are off.

And really, do you want to bet on the Republican party not being stupid?

There Goes the Neighborhood on April 22, 2013 at 11:44 PM

And really, do you want to bet on the Republican party not being stupid?

There Goes the Neighborhood on April 22, 2013 at 11:44 PM

Safer to bet the sun will rise in the West tomorrow.

/sigh

Wanderlust on April 23, 2013 at 12:12 AM

They couldn’t possibly manage to find enough excuses to delay on the decision until after next November, could they? Could they?!)

Um, “Next November” that would only get them past Nov., 2013?

Although I know we would love to have this election a year early.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on April 23, 2013 at 4:10 AM

I wish I could give these enviromental whack jobs their wish and provide them with their own special little place in the world where they can live with nothing produced …transported by that carbon based energy

Aggie95 on April 23, 2013 at 6:38 AM

Maybe Richard Trumpka needs to “bend Obama’s ear” to give the OK so his union laborers can get back to work. Stop the fundraising and the dithering and approve what America wants and needs.

Amazingoly on April 23, 2013 at 7:57 AM

In a comment on the State Department’s draft environmental impact statement for the project, EPA said Foggy Bottom failed to fully consider alternative routes for the Canada-to-Texas pipeline.

Not exactly true. The original route through the sandhills in Nebraska was objected to. Obama shot down the project due to those concerns. TransCanada worked with the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and came up with the new route. I guess they could say that the new route is favorable environmentally to the old route, but that is what they are saying by proposing a NEW route.

weaselyone on April 23, 2013 at 9:08 AM

weaselyone on April 23, 2013 at 9:08 AM

What they’re actually saying is that no route will ever be acceptable to the EPA and their eco-fanatic friends. By pulling this rope-a-dope, EPA can keep the pipeline from being built without The One actually having to go on record against it.

I thought by now everyone had figured out how these neo-Luddite fanatics, and this poor excuse for a POTUS, operate.

It’s not complicated. Just vicious, cynical, and detached from reality. The schoolyard bully mentality, writ large.

clear ether

eon

eon on April 23, 2013 at 10:19 AM

In a comment on the State Department’s draft environmental impact statement for the project, EPA said Foggy Bottom failed to fully consider alternative routes for the Canada-to-Texas pipeline.

Soooooo, the EPA’s response was “hey, could it be somewhere else?”. How do these people get away with this? The question and focus of the review was the impact on the proposed route. If the route proposed is within standards, what grounds do they have to request that you keep studying for another location. It’s an open ended question designed to be a money pit and it’s clear from a mile away.

NickelAndDime on April 23, 2013 at 10:33 AM

I wish that every opponent of the Keystone XL pipeline might have to wait at a railroad crossing, twice each day, for a 200-car train of tank cars loaded with crude oil from Alberta, destined for refineries in the US.

J Baustian on April 23, 2013 at 1:26 PM