Alberta Tar Sands Pipelines

Keystone pipeline has Washington buzzing

Visits by Canadian prime ministers to the White House rarely generate the kind of U.S. media attention that Ottawa hopes for -- too often Canada's message is lost in the dust kicked up by the crisis of the day confronting the president of the United States.

The trend for the most part continued on Friday, when Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama inked a border declaration that could establish a North American security perimeter.

But one side issue on the Harper-Obama agenda has piqued the interest of political and business media in Washington -- the pending U.S. decision on whether to approve Calgary-based TransCanada's $7-billion Keystone XL pipeline.

In its Sunday editions, the Washington Post published an editorial endorsing the oil-sands project -- putting the pipeline issue front and centre for the nation's politicians and policymakers on the morning of the Super Bowl.... Read more »

Washington Post endorses pipeline despite maligning oilsands as 'nasty'

WASHINGTON - The influential Washington Post editorial page gave its blessing Sunday to a controversial proposal to transport Alberta oilsands crude into the United States even as it maligned the energy source as "nasty."

"The stuff is 82 per cent dirtier than more traditional oil, according to the Environmental Protection Agency," read the editorial under the headline: Say Yes To This Pipeline.

"Oilsands crude is nasty, and the sooner the world stops burning it, the better. But that's actually not much of a reason to kill the pipeline."

That's because the U.S. already has "plenty of unused pipeline capacity," and so not building the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline wouldn't affect oilsands productions for at least a decade. With or without the $7 billion pipeline, the Post argued, Alberta oilsands crude will find its way to the United States.... Read more »

Harper appeals to Obama to support $7B pipeline

P rime Minister Stephen Harper made a personal pitch Friday for President Barack Obama to support a controversial $7-billion pipeline that could double the amount of Alberta oilsands crude exported to the United States.

Harper confirmed he pressed Obama on Calgary-based TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline during the two leaders' hour-long meeting at the White House.

The planned 3,200-kilometre pipeline, which would run from Hardisty to the Gulf Coast of Texas, is currently in limbo as the State Department weighs whether to grant a presidential permit allowing construction to begin.

Speaking to reporters, Harper was asked if he discussed Canada's role as a secure supplier of oil and whether he sought assurances the U.S. would look favourably on the Keystone XL project. "Yes, we did discuss the matter you raised," Harper said.... Read more »

Canada PM urges US to approve oil pipeline

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Friday urged U.S. officials to approve an oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast, calling his country a secure, stable and friendly neighbor that poses no threat to Americans.

By contrast, many other countries that supply oil are not stable or allied with U.S. interests, Harper said at a White House news conference following a meeting with President Barack Obama.

Pipeline supporters have singled out Venezuela, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and Iran as among the oil-producing countries where the United States faces security threats or instability. Canada's environment minister has used the term "ethical oil" to describe his country's crude supplies, saying Canada respects human rights, workers' rights and environmental responsibility. Pipeline opponents, though, say the project would bring "dirty oil" from a polluting source to the U.S.... Read more »

DOE study finds Keystone XL pipeline would raise greenhouse gas emissions, Midwest gas prices

A new U.S. Dept. of Energy-funded analysis of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline echoes some arguments made by environmental groups.

The U.S. State Dept. is considering whether to approve the construction of the pipeline which would move crude from the tar sands region of Western Canada to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

DOE asked EnSys Energy to examine the pipeline’s impact on the U.S. refining industry, and on crude imports to the U.S, expected demand for Canadian tar sands crude, and the consequences of not allowing the pipeline.

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