Laying a pipeline across agricultural land (photo: eponline.com). Friday afternoon, and officials at the State Department are probably breathing a huge sigh of relief. The official public comment period on the northern extension of the $5.4 billion…
Residents of Otterburne, Manitoba were awakened by a natural gas explosion that rocked the area early Saturday morning. That’s when TransCanada- the company responsible for the Keystone XL pipeline that will transport crude oil from Canada through the US for export and sale to other countries– lost control of the Manitoba pipeline.
As you read the full report, courtesy of ENS, let’s remember that these are the same people who say a similar leak in the US isn’t going to happen … even though its pipeline is almost as full of holes as their story is.
ST. PIERRE-JOLYS, Manitoba, Canada, January 27, 2014 (ENS) – A TransCanada natural gas pipeline ruptured and exploded early Saturday morning in an isolated area near the town of Otterburne, 25 kilometers (15 miles) south of Winnipeg. The pre-dawn…
US Secretary of State John Kerry’s aggressive pursuit of a new global climate agreement could derail TransCanada’s plans to open the Keystone XL pipeline later this year. If he’s successful, the company’s expensive plan to pump Canadian tar sand oil through the US and out into Mexico will be in serious trouble, as will America’s coal industry. So, good news all around, then!
Tina Casey, from our sister site Cleantechnica, has more on the story, below.
The tubes have been buzzing over a new New York Times report on Secretary of State John Kerry’s aggressive pursuit of a new global climate agreement, which has some clear implications for approval of the controversial Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline…
many all non-stupid people, we’re seriously opposed to the Keystone Xl pipeline- and the other, less notable pipelines that are set ruin the country, as well. Still, that hasn’t stopped mental midgets like George W. and his creepy ilk from pushing the thing forward, despite the threat of leaks, spills, and- explosions? That’s right, oil pipelines can explode, like this one that exploded in China last week, killing 35 people and injuring hundreds.
You can find out more about the Chinese pipeline explosion in this article from Planetsave, below, and let us know if you think we’re staring down something far worse in the US in the comments, below.
Last Friday, an underground pipeline running through the Chinese city of Qingdao began leaking, which led to an explosion. Initial reports state that the underground pipeline exploded shortly after the shut down (at approximately…
George W. Bush got my vote in 2000, but I learned my lesson soon after that- along with every other sane person on the planet. Incredibly, this dingbat continues to have an audience, especially in the closet-case dominated oil and gas industry, where more than 4,000 beta-males recently burst into applause after W. said “I think the goal of the country ought to be, ‘How do we grow the private sector?’ That ought to be the laser-focus of any administration. And therefore, once that’s the goal, an issue like Keystone pipeline becomes a no-brainer.”
W. and his supporters are definitely experts on that whole “no brain” thing. While you wait for God to strike them down for their bulls***, you can read more about Georgie-boy’s Keystone XL speech in this article that was originally posted to the Desmogblog. Enjoy!
Make private companies happy. Don’t worry about the environment. Stop fretting about long-term sustainability. Forget renewables, property concerns, the safety of our water and air. Make private companies happy. This was the 43rd president’s message…
That the Keystone XL pipeline is anything but bad news for the US should be obvious- but even if you’re one of the over-compensating beta-males still pounding your chest about “drill, baby, drill” from the cab of your jacked-up pickup I think you’re smart enough to understand that trying to pump 700,000 gallons of toxic bitumen through a pipeline that’s full of holes is a bad idea, right? That’s exactly what’s about to happen in the Southern half of the Keystone XL pipeline, set to “go live” in a matter of weeks.
The most troubling aspect of all this? It was a group of citizen investigators, not TransCanada, who found the holes. Desmogblog has the full story in this article, reprinted, below. Enjoy!
The southern half of Transcanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is supposed to begin pumping up to 700,000 barrels of diluted bitumen per day through the Cushing, OK to Port Arthur, TX route within weeks. But is it ready to operate safely?…
“Farmers and ranchers in Nebraska didn’t ask to do business with TransCanada,” says the no-nonsense voice-over, “and TransCanada isn’t asking to do business with us.” That idea – that TransCanada is pushing their Keystone XL pipeline on them using political force – is the motivation behind a group of Nebraska farmers and ranchers. “They tried to bully us,” the voice continues. “They told us it was a done deal, but they didn’t know much about Nebraskans.” Said Nebraskans, by the way, who built a sustainable, green-tech embracing barn right in the proposed path of the pipeline, symbolically blocking its progress while, at the same time, nicely highlighting why it simply isn’t needed.
The group behind the Keystone XL-blocking barn project has a number of great quotes throughout the two-and-a-half minute video, put on YouTube under the name “This Barn” on the “We Love Our Land” channel. They go on to add that, “if TransCanada gets what they want, they’re going to have to tear up sustainable energy to keep their dirty, dangerous tactics.” This is followed up by a fantastic call to action for President Obama (who, by the way, lost Nebraska to Mitt “Mittens” Romney), stated simply as “there is no way President Obama would let that happen.”
As you watch the video, below, it’s important to realize these aren’t tree-hugging hippies who have no sense of personal responsibility. These are people who say “it’s up to you to make the farm work,” and live it. These are the people who are on the front lines. They know that it’s oil, not ethanol, that’s raising food prices. They know that tar sand oil destroys land, and they know that pipelines destroy towns. They can see through the baloney, in other words – even when ignorant, stupid, and awful people like Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX) and the many commenters voicing their support for Keystone and TransCanada in Gas 2’s comments can’t … and they say they can’t be bought.
Good for them.
Source | Photos: We Love Our Land.
As I write this, warships are gathering in the Mediterranean sea and the Persian Gulf, ready to enter a civil war that’s been waging for years among Syria’s Sunni and Shiite Muslims. While the war has been going on for years, the conflict between the two groups has roots that go back much further, and it could be argued that the Office of the President of the United States – because of ties with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the UAE – has a vested interest in making sure the Sunnis win. One thing that’s beyond dispute, however, is that American boots and bombs in Syria means OPEC’s oil prices will go sky-high, and Canada will make a killing.
Already, oil futures are trading at a 2-year high, with Brent October futures are above $115 per barrel and West Texas Intermediate blend (WTI) hit $110 on speculation unrest in Syria will disrupt oil shipments and supplies in the Middle East. That’s a surge of over 27% since this year’s April low and the highest oil has been since May 2011, when several sources claim that price-fixing and price-gouging among the big American oil refineries began in earnest.
So, the big winners in a US strike on Syria seem to be (in no particular order), Sunni Muslim extremists/rebels (aka Al-Quaeda), Saudi Arabia/OPEC (who have been vocal in opposing the use of alternative fuels and electric vehicles in the US), and Canada, whose Albertan tar sand operations only really make fiscal sense when oil is over $100/bbl.
Canada’s tar sands, by the way, have been opposed by the Bishop Desmond Tutu and called “the worst natural disaster in history” by Greenpeace. Meanwhile, the Canadian government and the TransCanada company have been lobbying hard to get US approval to build a number of pipelines (including the Keystone XL) across the the US in a bid to export Canadian oil to emerging markets. A war in Syria would make those pipelines, and Alberta’s oil reserves, much, MUCH more valuable.
So, what’s Canada’s official stance on the war? According to CTV reports, Canada’s in!
Despite less than 9% of Americans supporting military strikes against Syria and the British parliament voting against UK action, Canada’s CTV station reports that Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird moved into uncharted territory today, opening the door for possible Canadian participation in a military strike against Syria. “We are of one mind,” he said, “that these weapons have been used and a firm response is needed.”
Baird reportedly outlined what a strike may look like, saying “quick, limited and conducted primarily with cruise missiles and drones, a war designed to fight an enemy who has access to powerful weaponry, including weapons of mass destruction, and has demonstrated a willingness to use them,” and claims that the conflict is Syria “appears to be primarily sectarian in nature”, which means he’s wither stupid, or thinks the Canadian people are stupid enough to buy into his bulls***. Either way, the US will have “full political support” from Canada in the event of a strike, which may be a valuable commodity in the absence of UN sanctioning.
Won’t that be nice?
Surprising absolutely no-one who appreciates the antics of Tar Sands Timmy, the office of US Dept. of the Interior General has released a slew of negative comments concerning the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Keystone XL project. These comments specifically make reference to allegations by Friends of the Earth and other Keystone critics that ERM Group Inc., which is writing the supplemental EIS, has financial ties to TransCanada Corp., Keystone’s sponsor and one of the most environmentally destructive organizations in human history, if reports of an already-leaking pipeline, the scientists associated with Greenpeace, and former tar sands employees are to be believed.
Tina Casey, from Gas 2’s sister site, Cleantechnica, covered the Keystone XL pipeline’s potential delays in greater detail, below. Enjoy!
It’s been another bad week for the proposed Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline. It began with the release of a slew of negative comments from the Department of the Interior on a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the project, and ended…
Featured Image via Planetsave.
We’ve spent a lot of time covering the Keystone pipeline here on Gas 2, and despite all the evidence of price-gouging, the lies about ethanol, the lies about AAA warnings, the laughable attempts at fear-mongering by CEOs, and record after record falling to alt-fuel powered vehicles, there are still millions of Americans who think it’s a good idea to believe what “Big Oil” tells them about the Keystone’s safety. Millions. Some polls show public support over 40%. Numbers like that make me think of this clip from South Park …
… and then I remember: the Keystone is only one small part of a very big problem.
Here’s a quick rundown of three more controversial pipelines, each as big a threat to wildlife, drinking water, air quality, and quality beer as the Keystone XL. “Enjoy” just doesn’t quite cut it, but “read, share, and act” probably does.
You won’t hear much about the Keystone pipeline in the mainstream press, but you’re here reading CleanTechnica, so you already know that. As our recent post covering the March 29th ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline oil spill also made clear, there are…
The never ending argument about energy security in America has taken on new heights in America over President Obama’s decision to block one part of a 2,000+ mile pipeline known as Keystone XL. Environmentalists don’t like the idea of supporting energy-intensive Canadian tar sands. Conservatives claim that jobs are being lost and gas prices are going up because this pipeline was blocked.
But the truth of the matter is always somewhere in the middle. On the environmentalism side, it is worth considering that, while the tar sands are a dirtier form of drilling, it can be better regulated in a country like Canada versus a place like Venezuela. It is also less energy intensive to ship oil, even dirty tar sands oil, via pipeline, than it is to ship it in a container ship from halfway around the world. Oil will remain the dominant energy force for decades to come; I’d rather have it regulated here, than supporting fascism abroad.
On the same token, the hubbub about the Keystone XL pipeline being a job creator and lowering gas prices is much ado about nothing. Some estimates say that over 13,000 construction jobs would be created during the building of the pipeline through some especially hard hit areas of the country. Conservative critics claim that Obama’s blocking of the pipeline is costing Americans jobs, and raising gas prices.
Yet one doesn’t have to dig too deep to see the nonsense of this argument. How many people does it take to maintain a pipeline? Not many I’d wager. TransCanada, the company that wants to build the pipeline, estimates about 4,000 jobs will be created, most of them temporary. I’ve seen estimates that the entire length of the pipeline will employ just 1,300 people on a permanent basis. That won’t even budge national unemployment figures.
Another argument comes with rising gas prices. Some pundits say that by blocking the pipeline, Obama has indirectly caused prices at the pump to rise. But the Keystone XL pipeline would only bring an estimated 500,000 to 700,000 more barrels of oil into the U.S. per day. And much of that is slated for sale overseas (Brazil and other parts of South America in particular.) If anything, they Keystone XL pipeline would lead to higher gas prices.
A glut of oil is sitting in the MidWest, unable to be moved by a backed-up pipeline system (the rest of the Keystone line). This extra oil has suppressed prices in the MidWest, where a gallon of gas remains cheaper than along the more-populated coasts. The Keystone XL extension would move this oil to the south coast for refining, leading to an uptick in prices, especially in the MidWest. And that only makes sense to me. Why would TransCanada build a pipeline if it would cost them money by lowering gas prices? Even the Canadians are smarter than that.
Based on these facts, does the Keystone XL pipeline still sound like sound fiscal policy? Not to me. But is it better than the other option of importing more oil from unfriendly foreign producers? Sound off in the comments below.