US begins review of new Keystone pipeline route

Jun 15, 2012
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the southern site of the Keystone XL pipeline in March 2012 in Cushing, Oklahoma. The US State Department launched an environmental review of a new route proposed for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline that would transport oil from Canada's tar sands.

The US State Department on Friday launched an environmental review of a new route proposed for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline that would transport oil from Canada's tar sands.

President rejected the initial proposal for the $7 billion pipeline early this year, saying he could not vouch for its safety in time for a deadline despite intense election-year pressure.

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney lashed out at Obama's rejection, saying the incumbent fighting for a second term in November elections "demonstrates a lack of seriousness about bringing down unemployment, restoring economic growth and achieving ."

House Republicans also seized on the issue and passed legislation in April mandating construction of the pipeline.

In February, TransCanada said it would go ahead with building part of the pipeline between Oklahoma and the Texas coast that does not require US presidential approval. It said work should begin this summer and take about a year.

TransCanada then submitted a new permit application in May for the northern portion of the pipeline with a revised route that would avoid Nebraska's environmentally sensitive Sand Hills.

The State Department issued a notice of intent Friday that it will prepare an environmental review of the new proposal which would extend from the border crossing at Phillips, Montana to Steele City, Nebraska.

It will also review the proposal to determine whether the pipeline will have an impact of historic preservation sites and has invited Indian tribes and other interested parties to comment.

Environmentalists fear an accident along the 1,700-mile (2,700-kilometer) pipeline would spell disaster for in central US Great Plains states. They also oppose the project because exploiting the requires energy that generate a large volume of and say a change of the route will not lessen the pipeline's dangers.

"Keystone XL is a commitment to dirty fuels and pollution for decades," said Joe Mendelson, director of climate and energy policy at the National Wildlife Federation.

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Tangent2
2.3 / 5 (3) Jun 15, 2012
"demonstrates a lack of seriousness about bringing down unemployment, restoring economic growth and achieving energy independence."

Not sure how taking oil from Canada gives the US energy independence...
MandoZink
3.7 / 5 (3) Jun 16, 2012
Not sure how taking oil from Canada gives the US energy independence...

Especially when we know the oil companies are eager to sell this product overseas where profits are greater. This oil is unlikely stay in the US. Whatever petroleum does stay in this country will not lower the price one bit. The prices are driven by two types of market speculators, both trying to maximize profit.

Those Americans who want us to drill, drill, drill with impunity have little idea how the oil market works. They are constantly being fed deceptively optimistic myths by uncaring political groups and the oil interests that feed them. There is nothing we "citizens" can realistically do about the situation except get educated as to how the system actually works so we can quit supporting the misinformation fed to the gullible masses by these wealthy industries.
extinct
1 / 5 (2) Jun 17, 2012
if we had a representative democracy where the people's voice actually counted, they'd hold a public vote or referendum on the Keystone XL to see how popular it is. unfortunately for death & greed, they know full well that the public would handily reject such a pipeline, which is why the death & greed is opting to shove it down our throats against our will. that too shall fail. we do not want petroleum. we want clean technologies.
rubberman
not rated yet Jun 18, 2012
if we had a representative democracy where the people's voice actually counted, they'd hold a public vote or referendum on the Keystone XL to see how popular it is. unfortunately for death & greed, they know full well that the public would handily reject such a pipeline, which is why the death & greed is opting to shove it down our throats against our will. that too shall fail. we do not want petroleum. we want clean technologies.


If everything you said here was true, we would have clean tech. The majority of western civilization makes decisions with their wallet, not their conscience or their brain. Every single sustainable initiative that never makes it to fruition fails because of lack of money or roadblocks put in place by the threatened technology.....I don't see the public rushing to rescue them out of their own pocket or not gassing up in protest.