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TransCanada – Environmentalist Fight Over Keystone XL Pipeline

by Kenneth E. DuBose on June 27, 2011

TransCanada is meeting strong resistance from environmentalist battling to block the Keyston XL Pipeline that will stretch from Canada to the Gulf Coast.  The pipeline will deliver Canadian Oil Sands production to the refining region of the Gulf Coast.

“Conservationists are still fuming about President Obama’s continued lack of follow-through on his promise to affix solar panels to the White House roof.”

“For now, however, they’re willing to give him a pass on what they recognize would be mostly a symbolic gesture.”

“But a summons for civil disobedience at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue this summer indicates they are unwilling to be anywhere near as lenient about a lightning rod of a proposed pipeline. It’s known as the Keystone XL and it could pump millions more barrels of heavy crude from Alberta, Canada’s oil sands mines to refineries along the U.S. Gulf Coast if the federal government greenlights it.”

“The founder of the advocacy organization 350.org collaborated with 10 other Canadian and American like-minded luminaries — including author and farmer Wendell Berry, actor Danny Glover and NASA climate scientist James Hansen — to issue a three-page plea for support.”

“With its Keystone XL proposal, pipeline giant TransCanada has proposed building and operating infrastructure designed to pump up to 900,000 barrels of heavy crude daily.”

“It has the potential to double — or perhaps triple — the amount of diluted bitumen flowing to this country from its northern neighbor, though critics say it likely won’t be needed until 2025 or 2030. Between 2000 and 2010, U.S. imports of diluted bitumen grew five-fold from 100,000 to 500,000 barrels per day. That number could balloon to 1.5 million barrels per day by 2019.”

Read the full news release at reuters.com

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