Hey, a Midwest oil pipeline is on the fast-track to approval! No, not Keystone…

posted at 5:51 pm on July 19, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

While roving bands of eco-radicals expend their vociferous energies on doing anything and everything they can to thwart the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline win their successfully trumped-up and completely symbolic environmentalist battle, their misbegotten quest seems to ignore a burgeoning fact of the United States’ economy and energy infrastructure: Especially because of the still-growing oil-and-gas boom borne largely of hydraulic fracturing, the U.S. is going to need a lot more pipeline to cope with the increase in supply.

In terms of terrestrial transport, highly regulated pipelines are a good deal more safe, efficient, and environmentally friendly than the cars and trucks that have been in increasing use, and the current lack of pipeline is also leading to economic waste of natural gas. We need to start updating and expanding the 500,000 miles of interstate pipeline that already crisscross the continental United States, and preferably sooner than later. Via Brad Plumer:

The Energy Information Administration recently put out a report showing that U.S. transport of crude oil by rail, truck, and barge has soared by 57 percent between 2011 and 2012, surpassing 1 million barrels per day. Out in North Dakota, for instance, companies are now producing far more shale oil from the Bakken formation than existing pipelines can handle. …

In the most recent issue of Democracy, former White House energy adviser Jason Bordoff makes an extended argument that North America’s energy infrastructure has yet to catch up with growing oil and gas production in all sorts of ways. For instance, nearly one-third of the natural gas that’s produced in North Dakota is simply burned off, or “flared,” because there are no pipelines to bring it to market. (Unlike crude oil, natural gas usually can’t be shipped by truck or rail.)

What it is environmentalists think they’re going to accomplish in the long run if they succeed in killing the Keystone pipeline project, I’m not sure I’ll ever understand, but the highly selective attention is… interesting, to say the least. Via Alan Scherzagier at RCE:

A Canadian company’s plan to build an oil pipeline that will stretch for hundreds of miles through the Midwest, including through many sensitive waterways, is quietly on the fast-track to approval — just not the one you’re thinking of.

As the Keystone XL pipeline remains mired in the national debate over environmental safety and climate change, another company, Enbridge Inc. of Calgary, Alberta, is hoping to begin construction early next month on a 600-mile-long pipeline that would carry tar sands from Flanagan, Ill., about 100 miles southwest of Chicago, to the company’s terminal in Cushing, Okla. From there the company could move it through existing pipeline to Gulf Coast refineries.

The company is seeking an expedited permit review by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for its Flanagan South pipeline, which would run parallel to another Enbridge route already in place. Unlike the Keystone project, which crosses an international border and requires State Department approval, the proposed pipeline has attracted little public attention — including among property owners living near the planned route.


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What we really need is refineries to make the oil useful. We don’t have anywhere near enough of them.

platypus on July 19, 2013 at 6:00 PM

How much money did this company pay to Hussein ?
Who owns this company ?
Hmmmmm…

burrata on July 19, 2013 at 6:09 PM

King Barry will issue an Executive Order stopping it. Besides, his buddy Warren Buffett is making a killing hauling oil with his rail line.

GarandFan on July 19, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Since this is domestic oil, the State Department can’t get involved. And since most of this oil is produced on private land, that keeps the department of the Interior from shutting the production down. Transportation is the only way they can stop this oil from reaching the refineries.

DAT60A3 on July 19, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Prosperity is the Devil!!!

abobo on July 19, 2013 at 6:23 PM

a 600-mile-long pipeline that would carry tar sands from Flanagan, Ill., about 100 miles southwest of Chicago, to the company’s terminal in Cushing, Okla.

Follow the $$$

faraway on July 19, 2013 at 6:26 PM

My Canadian Beavers have noted,that on the KeyStone

PipeLine,once again,Canada is getting F****D!!
(sarc)

canopfor on July 19, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Does that woman who played Elaine Benes know about this pipeline ?
:O

burrata on July 19, 2013 at 6:31 PM

O/T Is anybody else seeing a lot of Chinese writing on this website? and what is that about?

MONACO1121 on July 19, 2013 at 6:32 PM

The wackos will catch on to this project soon, don’t worry.

Why don’t we have refineries in…I don’t know…N. Dakota?

FOWG1 on July 19, 2013 at 6:41 PM

What we really need is refineries to make the oil useful. We don’t have anywhere near enough of them.

platypus on July 19, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Exactly.

BallisticBob on July 19, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Does that woman who played Elaine Benes know about this pipeline ?
:O

burrata on July 19, 2013 at 6:31 PM

You mean the TOTAL Oil and Gas heiress.

RickB on July 19, 2013 at 6:49 PM

O/T Is anybody else seeing a lot of Chinese writing on this website? and what is that about?

MONACO1121 on July 19, 2013 at 6:32 PM

I had the same problem a couple of weeks ago.

Lasted for about 3 hours and never saw it again.

BallisticBob on July 19, 2013 at 6:49 PM

O/T Is anybody else seeing a lot of Chinese writing on this website? and what is that about?

MONACO1121 on July 19, 2013 at 6:32 PM

MONACO1121:

No,only NSA,telling me to watch my step,er,typing!
(sarc)

canopfor on July 19, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Speaking of Pipelines,er,storage tanks!!

Residents evacuated after lightning reportedly strikes fuel Tanker in Hampden Township, Pennsylvania – @pennlive

4 mins ago from http://www.pennlive.com by editor
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canopfor on July 19, 2013 at 7:00 PM

O/T Is anybody else seeing a lot of Chinese writing on this website? and what is that about?

MONACO1121 on July 19, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Haven’t seen that at all.
??

avagreen on July 19, 2013 at 8:19 PM

The last we heard the Keystone pipeline was held up by a State department review.

The governors of those states should just build the Keystone pipeline within an inch of the State department’s jurisdiction, and then we can get a republican to campaign for president that he will get the permission to build the last few inches. They can build quite a bit in three years six months and two days, right?

Fleuries on July 19, 2013 at 8:26 PM

What we really need is refineries to make the oil useful. We don’t have anywhere near enough of them.

platypus on July 19, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Are we really this screwed thanks to the traitor that’s been elected?

http://www.saveamericafoundation.com/2012/04/16/mass-exodus-us-oil-refineries-by-robert-a-arnett/

LOOKS like there is some hope:
http://freedombytheway.com/2011/03/02/yippee-two-new-oil-refineries-in-development-first-in-us-in-35-years/

avagreen on July 19, 2013 at 8:29 PM

The Enbridge pipeline you mention doesn’t cross international boundaries, so it is not subject to the all of the Federal mess surrounding Keystone.

Remember, too, that the southern leg of Keystone from Cushing, OK to the Gulf coast, has been under construction for some time and is nearing completion. It, too, did not cross international borders, so its approval went ahead just fine.

ss396 on July 19, 2013 at 9:56 PM

The handful of meter long section that crosses the border may be in dispute but the remainder of the Keystone pipeline is being constructed as I write this.

J_Crater on July 19, 2013 at 10:32 PM

My mother is on the edge of the Bakken, wells are being drilled all around the farm, and eventually on hers. A friend from High School has 4 wells on his property. I was up there over the 4th of July, and when driving near the Canadian border at night (mom’s farm is about 7 miles from the border), I thought a huge new community had been built because of what appeared to be street lights concentrated in the area. My nephew, who has been working in the oil patch for several years now informed me they were natural gas flares.
It was SHOCKING. Where previously it would be very dark at night and miles between lights from farms were hundreds of lights…from the flares. According to him, oil companies have a certain period to put in pipe to capture the gas, but nobody pays attention to it since there are so many wells and they cannot get the pipe in fast enough. We drove up to a well and saw the flare. Incredible. When I drove home to CO, I drove west through Williston, ND. There were oil wells from central North Dakota all over the place extending over 200 miles from central North Dakota into Montana and south into Wyoming and northern CO. There were natural gas flares for over 200 miles! Shockingly busy place in Williston with oil drillers or oil patch workers everywhere, and man camps everywhere. I got into Montana, and saw a huge oil terminal for the rail road. This is where Buffet, Obama’s BFF is making his money. All that oil is being shipped over his rail.
What is going on in the Bakken is something you just cannot read about. You have to see it to see how extensive it is. I saw several oil pumping wells next to each other whereas in the past there may be a quarter mile between pumps. I saw many natural gas flares right next to each other. The energy being produced there is stunning.
I grew up in North Dakota and it has always been an oil producing state and I knew of the common sight of oil well pumps. What I saw over the 4th was just shocking in number.
It did my heart proud that ND was producing so much, and on private land.

91Veteran on July 20, 2013 at 4:01 AM

platypus on July 19, 2013 at 6:00 PM & BallisticBob on July 19, 2013 at 6:48 PM: A portion of the Keystone pipeline was to carry the ND oil. Now a company is building 4 small refineries to handle the oil regionally; one is under construction. The first new ones since 1974. Don’t tell the US EPA.

amr on July 20, 2013 at 7:28 AM