Keystone XL’s Southern Leg is Operational: What’s Next?

The Obama administration has yet to announce its decision on the controversial northern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline project, which requires cross-border approval to transport tar sands from Canada to the U.S.

But now that the southern leg is operational, activists are concerned it’s only a matter of time before the final leg gets the green light.

Tara Lohan points to a conflict of interest in the approval process: “The draft environmental impact statement that the State Department reviewed was not done by the agency itself but by a contractor, Environmental Resources Management, and paid for by TransCanada itself.”

“Contractors who worked on the statement also worked on previous TransCanada pipelines as well as for companies such as ExxonMobil, Shell, BP and Koch Gateway Pipeline Company — all of whom could benefit from the project. It was later found that the State Department intentionally kept the public in the dark about the connections.”

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  • Randy Parker

    What’s next is a 20 cent per gallon increase in gasoline for the US Midwest because they can now easily sell to China and Europe instead of the Midwest.

  • Michael Robinson

    Counter to what “some” Republicans and a few Democrats say this stinkin pipeline is not going to do one thing to help us become energy independent. Houston refiners will be refining dirty oil that will be sold to China. It will not even help Canada become more energy independent. It will make some oil companies richer. What is need NOW is a pipeline out of ND either to Canada or to a new refinery in either ND or SD to handle the oil coming out of the Bakken Basin is NW ND and eastern Montana. Pipeline going into Canada toward the nearest refinery is at capacity.

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