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From Transcanada's own website.

Transcanada is a North American company. Like many American companies with operations in Canada, we are incorporated and registered in both Canada and the United States. We currently have over 1,600 talented employees in 33 U.S.states.Our U.S.operations are headquartered in Houston and will be responsible fort he U.S. construction of Keystone XL.
Our permit does allow us to use eminent domain to acquire an easement and provide compensation for the landowner. We prefer to avoid the use of eminent domain and if we cannot reach an agreement, then we turn to the independent processes/hearings that are established in the local jurisdiction.

A poll from Robbins Research asked this question:
Question #3
The United States “State Department will decide whether to approve construction of a 1,700 mile oil pipeline from Canada to the Texas Gulf Course”. A New York Times article titled “No to a New Tar Sands Pipeline” cites the “environmental risks” as “enormous” including the possibility of pipeline leaks in the United States and the use of massive amounts of scarce fresh water to produce each barrel of oil - oil described by one opponent of the pipeline as “82% dirtier” than “traditional oil”. Proponents of the 7 billion dollar pipeline insist that if approved the pipeline would bring “more high paying jobs” that the United States desperately needs and would ultimately “strengthen the United States energy and economic security” What is your opinion?
I say Yes; build the oil pipeline from Canada to Texas          42.78 %
I say No; do not build the oil pipeline from Canada to Texas    48.51 %
This should dispel the myth that the Keystone XL pipeline is being proposed by "those greedy Canadians." Yes our government under the incompetent Prime Minister Harper, son of an oil man supports the Tar Sands and its pipelines 100%. He has stripped Canada's environmental regulations in order to make it easier for Syncrude to destroy the boreal forests, lakes and rivers in Alberta. Syncrude is not Canadian either, it is a consortium of most of international Big Oil.

American members of the board of Transcanada

E. Linn Draper
Age: 70
Lampasas, Texas, U.S.A.
Director since 2005

Paula Rosput Reynolds
Age: 56
Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
Director since 2011

Mary Pat Salomone
Age: 52
Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.A.
Director since 2013

W. Thomas Stephens
Age: 70
Greenwood Village, Colorado, U.S.A.
Director since 2007

That's 4 out of 11 members.

Transcanada is in 32 states in the USA but only 1 province in Canada. You guessed it: Alberta home of the Tar Sands.

Syncrude Produces the Tar Sands Dilbit in the Keystone XL Pipeline

Who owns Syncrude? It is a consortium of international big oil companies that leases the tar sands deposits with very little oversight from the Alberta or Canadian government. Esso/Imperial Oil a branch of Exxon Mobile of the USA owns 25% to begin with.

In fact, historically the Tar Sands would never have been developed if it were not for J. Howard Pew, president of Sun Oil (now Suncor) in 1967. In 1969 a consortium of US owned major oil companies under the name Sycrude, took out a lease of 170,000 acres of the Athabasca area.

In 2001 VP Dick Cheney drew up his National Energy Policy in secret with oil executives. Cheney highlighted the tar sands as "a pillar of sustained North American energy and security." By 2009, the US knew about the dark side of this oil boom. The US Council on Foreign Relations, a non-partisan think tank issued a report "Canadian Oil Sands" critical of the tar sands. It stated that natural gas availability and water scarcity and "public opposition due to local social and environmental impacts" could clog the bitumen pipeline.  (Reference: TAR SANDS by Andrew Nikiforuk.)

In the meantime the destruction of the boreal forest of northern Alberta continues 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

My interpretation of the tar sands mining encroaching upon the boreal forest.

Originally posted to DFH writers group on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 03:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Climate Change SOS, Canadian Kossacks, Climate Hawks, and Dream Menders.

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  •  Hi, Agathena -- thanks for making these points. (4+ / 0-)

    I figured Transcanada was a multinational corporation, with significant US ownership.  That is, there are a significant number of companies involved that officially base themselves in the US.  Not that they have any loyalty to the US, or any bent toward pursuing the welfare of our land or people.  We're talking corporations, here.

    I'm actually surprised that there are only 4 US citizens on the board.  

    So, no, Transcanada isn't a Canadian enterprise in the way we used to think of that.  It's good to make that point, so people are less likely to get into silly kinds of "us vs them" atttudes.

    At the same time, there are certainly Canadian politicians, media people, regulators, investors, and corporate types who are more than willing to despoil Canada just as their parallels have been despoiling the US in terrible ways for decades now.  Sometimes Canadians seem to think that they are culturally different enough from us that they don't expect (or even credit) such behavior from Canadians.

    Sadly, those despoilers exist in every country, it seems.  ANd somehow, the structure of corporations selects for and enables those people to come together and gather power.  Corporations enable short-sighted, pathologically selfish, and brutally amoral leadership coming to the fore.  Somehow we have to figure out why the corporate concept, which seemed so brilliant and creative in 16th century Italy, has turned out to be so toxic.

    And we have to figure out how We the People can put limits on these out-of-control brain-children, across the lines of national boundaries.

    Since Americans and Canadians like each other and have a lot in common, maybe this is a good opportunity to make some progress in that over-arching struggle.

    At the very least, we have to support each other as much as we can, to protect the High Plains Aquifer System and the Boreal Forests, and a habitable climate on the planet we share.

    --------------------- “These are troubling times. Corporation are treated like people. People are treated like things. …And if we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now.” -- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

    by Fiona West on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 04:14:39 PM PDT

    •  Thanks Fiona! I'm now learning about the Ogallala (3+ / 0-)
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      aquifer and I care about it as much as the boreal forest in my country. In fact I'm astounded that Transcanada would even think about going near it. It's a vital water supply.

      •  Thanks for this information, Agethena. It's most (0+ / 0-)

        interesting that the company has 1300 employees in the US.  How many of them are US citizens?  I would bet that many are foreign contractors.  

        Furthermore, people in America and Washington are being told that the pipeline will create 20K to 100K jobs when we know that it will only create about 35 jobs in the US that are permanent and about 3900 temporary jobs, most of which will be filled with foreigners.

        IL Congressman Peter Roskam sent me a letter stating "Last year, a group of House Democrats sent a letter to President Obama telling him that the pipeline would "create 20,000 direct jobs" and "spur the creation of 118,000 spin-off jobs."  Roskam is a Republican.  Which Democrats came up with those completely misleading numbers?

        •  Obviously, the 20K direct jobs and 118K contractor (0+ / 0-)

          ot "spin-off" jobs will be created in Alberta, Canada and foreign oil tankers to ship the increased amount of asphalt that the Canadians want to dig up and use the US to pipe and refine for them.  And, yet they have the State Department's contractors handling the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement concluding that greenhouse gas emissions will not be significantly impacted.  Yeah ... right.

          The American people are being sold a dirty bill of goods and should demand that the President and Secretary of State reject the Keystone XL Pipeline permit.

  •  No worries, Agathena (4+ / 0-)

    Thanks for keeping us informed correctly. :-)

    No surprise that our US tentacles are everywhere...

    “Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.” -- FDR, 1936

    by SolarMom on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 04:19:52 PM PDT

  •  It's Canada's territory and one (1+ / 0-)
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    of your provinces. The pipeline proposal wouldn't exist if Canada didn't allow this activity in tarsands mining/extraction. But because they do, some company wants to build the pipeline.

    So Canada and the corporations and people are trying to purchase a dirty right of way to pump out their crap to sell it to [whomever]. Canada doesn't want to use their territory to pipe it east or west, but want US to make a lane south.

    Canada's resources. Period. I don't care who makes up the corporations.

  •  big money sends its tentacles hither and yon... (5+ / 0-)

    in search of profit and knows no allegiance, save to profit.  

    i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

    by joe shikspack on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 04:32:23 PM PDT

  •  Good for you (4+ / 0-)

    setting the record straight.

    I like the interpretative painting too.  

    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 04:41:45 PM PDT

  •  It's not even reptilian. An insult to lizards (3+ / 0-)
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    & snakes.

    The owners owe allegiance to nothing but money.

    look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening.

    by FishOutofWater on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 04:43:33 PM PDT

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