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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Environment - Pipelines in the news this weekend: crude oil, tar sands, and natural gas

From the South Bend Tribune, this story by Lou Mumford on the Enbridge crude oil pipline, which cuts across northwest Indiana. A few quotes:

Canada-based Enbridge Energy seek a connection, between Sarnia, Ontario, in Canada and Griffith, Ind., some 285 miles away. Already, a pipeline is in place, but a new one adjacent to the current buried structure began taking shape last year largely so Enbridge can transport greater quantities of crude oil to refineries.

The new pipeline, like the current one, cuts through less than an acre of the 11-acre farm Theri Niemier and her husband, John, bought in 1996. In a stance similar to Bertrand Farm's, Enbridge says on its website that it "takes seriously" its relationship with fossil fuels, adding that it "invests heavily in renewable and alternative energy technologies" such as wind farms and solar applications.

But Theri Niemier is leery, arguing Enbridge's track record when it comes to environmental responsibility leaves a lot to be desired.

"The irony is unbelievable," she said. "We're exactly the opposite of what the pipeline is doing to us."

From the Chicago Tribune today, this story by Mitch Smith on the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline, which would transport tar sands from Canada to refineries on the Gulf coast. A quote:
More than 200 opponents to the Keystone XL Pipeline gathered Sunday in Chicago’s Grant Park, about halfway between Washington, D.C.—where thousands more marched against the proposed pipeline – and the route that would carry Canadian oil sands across the Great Plains to American oil refineries.

The Chicago demonstrators, many of them college students, said the pipeline poses an environmental threat to the entire nation at a time when America should be investing in renewable energy sources. They urged President Barack Obama to deny permits to TransCanada, the oil company that has for years tried to assuage concerns and get permission to build the pipeline.

See also today's NYT's storty by John Broder, Clifford Krauss and Ian Austen, headed "Pipeline Call Gives Obama New Problems Either Way."

Finally, the GAO has put out a 44-page report on natural gas pipeline permitting.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 17, 2013 03:36 PM
Posted to Environment