State Dept. report suggests replacing Keystone may boost rail deaths


The State Department's environmental impact report for the Keystone XL pipeline estimated that replacing the pipeline with rail to transport Canadian crude oil may increase average rail-related deaths by as many as six per year, Reuters reports.


What's in State's Keystone XL oil pipeline report

A report issued by the State Department on Friday raised no major environmental objections to the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada. The 1,179-mile pipeline would travel through Montana and South Dakota to a hub in Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines to carry more than 800,000 barrels of crude oil a day to refineries in Texas.


Keystone XL foes undaunted by State Dept. report

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — With yet another obstacle removed for the Keystone XL pipeline, opponents were pressing forward with a lawsuit to challenge the project, public protests and an effort to inject the issue into the November elections.

Supporters and opponents both were quick to claim victories with the U.S. State Department report released Friday, which raised no major objections to the pipeline. The oil industry, some union groups and congressional Republicans called on the Obama administration to move forward with the project, while a coalition of landowners and environmentalists say there is still cause for denying a federal permit. The project would ship 830,000 barrels of oil a day from Canada to Texas Gulf Coast refineries.

Meanwhile, farmers and ranchers in Nebraska who oppose the pipeline are planning to run for seats on a state board that regulates power stations that are needed along the project route. And national activists say they have recruited more than 75,000 volunteers willing to participate in civil disobedience, should President Barack Obama approve the Keystone project.

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Keystone report sets stage for final review by Kerry, Obama

The Keystone XL oil sands pipeline on Friday moved another step toward a construction permit decision by the Obama administration with the release of a final State Department environmental impact statement that raised no major climate change and safety concerns.

The statement starts a national interest determination process at the department that includes a 30-day public comment period and 90-day period for at least eight other federal agencies to weigh in. But the process sets no deadline for Secretary of State John Kerry to make a final recommendation to President Barack Obama, a department official said.


State says Keystone XL pipeline won't add to climate change

The State Department on Friday released a final environmental impact statement that finds the proposed $5.3 billion Keystone XL oil sands pipeline from Canada won't exacerbate climate change because the crude will likely be extracted with or without the project.

The publication of the statement starts a national interest determination process that will ultimately lead to a final decision on a cross-border construction permit by the department and President Barack Obama.

Manitoba natural gas supplies slowly return after pipeline blast


TransCanada has created a bypass to restore natural gas service to customers cut off after a weekend pipeline explosion, the CBC reports.

No word yet on cause of Manitoba pipeline blast


TransCanada is hoping to restore natural gas Monday night to some Manitoba customers who've been without the fuel since a pipeline explosion Saturday, the cause of which has still not been determined, CBC reports.

TransCanada gas rupture cause problems in 3 US States


Xcel Energy wants natural gas customers in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota to turn down their thermostats, in the wake of a TransCanada gas pipeline rupture and fire over the weekend that have reduced supplies, KMSP reports.

Manitoba natural gas customers still cut off days after TransCanada blast

Canadian Press

An explosion Saturday at a TransCanada pipeline valve site cut off natural gas service to customers in Manitoba for days in icy weather, Canadian Press reports.


Canadian company starts Keystone pipeline in Texas

HOUSTON (AP) — A Canadian company on Wednesday started delivering oil through the Texas portion of a proposed cross-border pipeline that has stirred controversy and tension between the United States and its northern neighbor.

TransCanada began delivering oil from a hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, to customers in Nederland, Texas, early Wednesday, Alex Pourbaix, president of energy and oil pipelines, said at a news conference. The company expects to complete a smaller pipeline that will transport oil from Nederland to refineries near Houston later this year.

The $2.3 billion pipeline from Cushing to Texas is the Gulf Coast — or southern portion — of TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline. This shorter leg will begin transporting on average about 300,000 barrels of oil daily and should end the year at an average of about 520,000 barrels, Pourbaix said.


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