Op-Ed: Canada Must Change XL Pipeline Debate
President Obama rejected Wednesday a proposal to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast generating intense debate in both countries. Murray Mandryk, political columnist for the Leader-Post of Sasketchewan, offers a Canadian perspective on the controversy.
Legal Battles Increase Over Pipeline Projects
The controversial Keystone XL project is just one of many pipelines planned amid a domestic oil and gas drilling boom. Apart from the obvious environmental debates, drawn-out court battles between oil companies and landowners are becoming another big issue in the pipeline industry.
The proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada has cleared a significant hurdle after the State Department raised no major environmental objections to its construction.It says Canadian tar sands are likely to be developed regardless of U.S. Action on the pipeline and other options to get the oil from western Canada to Texas Gulf Coast refineries are worse for the environment. Ref. USAToday
Judge strikes down Nebraska law that allowed Keystone pipeline to proceed through state:
A Nebraska judge on Wednesday struck down a law that allowed the Keystone XL pipeline to proceed through the state, a setback for the project that would carry oil from Canada to Texas refineries. Ref. Source 5
House approves Keystone pipeline; Senate to vote next week
The U.S. House easily passed a bill Friday approving construction of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline. The Senate is set to take up Keystone legislation on Tuesday; if the measure passes, President Obama will have to decide whether to veto it. Ref. USAToday
The Senate blocked a measure Tuesday that would have authorized construction of the Keystone XL pipeline as Democrats chose their pro-environment base over an old friend -- embattled Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu.
The vote could just be a speedbump for the Keystone project, with Republicans likely to try again -- with much better odds of success -- once they take control of the Senate in January. Ref. CNN
Obama would veto Keystone XL pipeline bill
As Senate takes up bill, White House press secretary Josh Earnest says the president would not sign the legislation as written. Ref. USAToday