Alternative tar sands pipeline is ready to go

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Source: Honor the Earth.

While the U.S. government ponders whether to allow the Keystone XL pipeline to transport tar sands oil from the Canadian province of Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico, another Canadian company decided to short-circuit the process and transport tar sands oil across the upper Midwest to the great lakes.

The company, Enbridge, had applied for permits to transport the highly corrosive tar sands bitumen, but then it decided that it didn’t need permission, and decided to go ahead with the project anyway, the Washington Spectator reported.

The project is dubious because, among other reasons, of the danger of pipe leaks and spills, which would pollute streams and underground water.  Enbridge has a bad record in this respect.  Tar sands developers have been blocked by other Canadian provinces from building pipelines east and west, so they’ve chosen to go south into the United States.

The Washington Spectator reported that Enbridge already has a permit, issued in 1967, to transport oil across the border via its Alberta Clipper pipeline.   The company claimed it didn’t need a new permit to expand the pipeline and transport tar sands bitumen, and federal regulators raised no objection.  So unless state governments decide to stop the project, the Alberta Clipper is a done deal.

LINK

Second Canadian Company Completing Tar Sands Pipeline into the U.S. by Lou DuBose for the Washington Spectator.

How Much Will Tar Sands Oil Add to Global Warming? by David Biello for Scientific American.

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4 Responses to “Alternative tar sands pipeline is ready to go”

  1. whungerford Says:

    Ouch.

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  2. solodm Says:

    Is any decision made by the President also moot?

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  3. philebersole Says:

    I’m not sure. The only authority the President has is to decide whether Enbridge should be given a permit to build a pipeline across the Canadian-U.S. border. Enbridge claims it already has such a permit, and, so far, neither U.S. regulators nor the President have raised any objection. I don’t know what would happen if the President did question the legality of Enbridge’s plan.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/21/enbridge-inc-albertaclipper-idUSL2N0QR2HD20140821

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