Is the Keystone XL Pipeline Worth Getting Arrested For?
“Last week, four dozen opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline were trying to convince President Obama to reject federal approval for the line, which aims to carry crude oil from Canada and North Dakota’s Bakken shale crude to the U.S. Gulf Coast. But if opponents of the Keystone pipeline are going to stop the flow of crude, they are going to have to do more than just get arrested or hold a rally—they are going to have block nearly every north-south rail line in North America.”
The Keystone XL is designed to transport 830,000 barrels per day. There is currently nothing new in moving oil by rail cars. Currently, U.S. and Canadian oil producers are building rail car terminals so they can ship their product to the market. Other countries around the world are doing the same as well.
Keystone XL protesters raid TransCanada’s Houston Office
“A group of Keystone XL protesters managed to shut down part of TransCanada’s office in Houston on Monday after storming the building and staging a “die-in” while banging drums, blowing horns and piloting a “pipeline dragon” in circles around them.”
The group complained that the pipeline will be harmful to the people who live nearby as well as the animals in the environment.
“Although TransCanada does not yet have authorization to build the northern leg of the pipeline between Canada and the U.S., the southern leg from Oklahoma to Houston has already been the source of much protest in East Texas.”
The XL Keystone Pipeline Project Continues
“Calgary-based TransCanada says the new project does not require presidential approval, since it does not cross a U.S. border. The shorter pipeline is expected to cost about $2.3 billion and be completed next year, the company said.
The Obama administration had suggested development of an Oklahoma-to-Texas line to alleviate an oil glut at a Cushing, Okla., and storage hub.”
The Keystone XL project was delayed because of its route. There were environmental concerns in Nebraska, where it was originally planned to cross the Sandhills and parts of the Ogallala Aquifer. The company behind the Keystone XL; TransCanada, thus had to reroute the XL due to presidential issues on where the pipeline would cross. Some of the other issues that the Keystone XL had faced were the ongoing fights between Oklahoma and Texas landowners over eminent domain, and concern among the tribal leaders that construction, “could unearth unmarked graves or expose sacred archeological sites”.
“Exxon Mobil Corp. said Monday it has dropped further shale exploration in Poland after two wells failed to yield commercial quantities of natural gas, a hit for the country’s efforts to reduce its dependence on imports from Russia”
We know that Obama has cancelled the Keystone Pipeline- why not take all our resources and send some workers to the Eastern European countries to build a pipeline? This will not only help out our neighbors but also create jobs for thousands of people.
“Analysts have said that Poland and other Eastern European countries faced a big challenge for developing unconventional energy resources, owing to a lack of infrastructure and manpower. Unlike the U.S. and Canada, Poland doesn’t have a well-developed pipeline system to move gas from the fields it is produced to where it is consumed, nor the strong drilling services industry needed to tap shale reservoirs.”