Skip to main content

Phillip Bump at Grist lets us in on the news that the Army Corp of Engineers has approved the last leg of the Keystone I pipeline which will then run from Alberta Canada to the Gulf of Mexico

I know, I know: The Keystone XL pipeline has been held up. You protested at the White House to stop it. That’s cool. But what you may not know is that Keystone XL would augment a section of pipeline that already brings tar-sands oil from Canada to Nebraska. On Friday, the Army Corps of Engineers signed off on the last permits TransCanada needed for a still-empty stretch from there to the Gulf Coast. Which means that the company will soon have a complete shunt traversing the entire height of the United States.
President Barack Obama encouraged TransCanada to move ahead with the segment that will run from a refinery in Cushing, Okla. to Texas after he rejected the broader [Keystone XL] plan, saying the pipeline needed to be rerouted around Nebraska’s sensitive Sand Hills region. For that project, TransCanada needs presidential approval because it crosses an international border. The shorter portion only requires permits from state and federal agencies. TransCanada said the final of three permits it needed from the Army Corps of Engineers had been approved. …

The line from Cushing will help relieve a bottleneck at the Oklahoma refinery, but doesn’t fulfill TransCanada’s broader goal of transporting more Canadian crude to U.S. refineries.

You see the Keystone XL was proposed to increase the flow of tar sands oil to the Gulf.  Here is the TransCanada vision to transport their dirty tar sands oil to the Gulf.
                                                               Keystone XL Pipeline Map
                                   Sonja Poet

That broken line is Keystone XL. If built, it would carry 830,000 barrels of tar-sands oil a day from Alberta to Steele City, Neb. — some 1,179 miles. But see that snaky red line? That’s Keystone I . It runs 2,147 miles, carrying 591,000 barrels a day. It goes to Steele City already. Then another Keystone leg connects it to Cushing. And now, thanks to the Army Corps of Engineers, TransCanada will soon have a route that slides on down to the Gulf Coast That would be the yellow broken line at the bottom of the map.

The New York Times ran an editorial yesterday recommending that the Keystone XL be rejected once and for all on the grounds of it's contribution to climate change.
                    Stop the tar sands sign

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Meteor Blades, JekyllnHyde, northsylvania, Chi, grollen, Geenius at Wrok, greenbird, Shockwave, Pescadero Bill, saluda, RFK Lives, bronte17, TracieLynn, susakinovember, whenwego, ivote2004, someRaven, ctsteve, arreay, antirove, scorpiorising, psnyder, Miss Jones, pat bunny, hoolia, Damnit Janet, yet another liberal, HeyMikey, NYFM, Calidrissp, ybruti, demandcaring, pontechango, ExStr8, marina, 3goldens, Tinfoil Hat, NoMoreLies, OpherGopher, Simplify, Laurence Lewis, Burned, lotlizard, kaliope, Rusty in PA, coolbreeze, mightymouse, martini, Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse, hungrycoyote, 8ackgr0und N015e, KenBee, Magnifico, Lefty Coaster, blueoasis, real world chick, boatsie, Statusquomustgo, Delta Overdue, markthshark, One Pissed Off Liberal, pgm 01, possum, FishOutofWater, Matt Z, terabytes, aliasalias, bnasley, artisan, uciguy30, Don midwest, jwinIL14, Senor Unoball, bill warnick, elwior, wade norris, jamess, RandomNonviolence, bluesheep, petulans, DavidW, shortgirl, SolarMom, petral, kevinpdx, rebel ga, citisven, Leftcandid, Larsstephens, Amber6541, Just Bob, fidellio, eb23, shenderson, samanthab, Lady Libertine, cai, orlbucfan, Maverick80229, roystah, cocinero, meralda, ozsea1, poliwrangler, Hayate Yagami, DRo, DawnN, Only Needs a Beat, Siri, joanil, 2thanks, Trotskyrepublican, Horace Boothroyd III, MartyM, cassandracarolina, Glen The Plumber, artmanfromcanuckistan, AZ Sphinx Moth, peptabysmal, Robynhood too, Captain Chaos, Lily O Lady, John Crapper, quince, dear occupant, northerntier, Laura Wnderer

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site