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One More Reason to Oppose Keystone XL Pipeline: Questions About State Department Handling of Review

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The Keystone XL pipeline is a massive, destructive proposal and the more we learn about it, the more objections we have. Now those concerned about integrity in government are joining the many other Americans opposed to this dangerous project.

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Monica D (580)
Sunday October 30, 2011, 11:08 pm
The proposed pipeline must be stopped. It sounds like a nightmare.

Judy C (97)
Sunday October 30, 2011, 11:09 pm

Published on Sunday, October 30, 2011 by SwitchBoard / NRDC Blog

One More Reason to Oppose Keystone XL Pipeline: Questions about State Department Handling of Review

by Frances Beinecke

On Friday, I joined several environmental leaders in calling for the State Department to conduct an investigation into the department’s handling of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. More than a dozen members of Congress also requested an inquiry into potential conflicts of interest.

Our colleagues at Friends of the Earth examined relevant documents and found that TransCanada, the company behind Keystone XL, was allowed to screen the companies bidding to do the project’s environmental impact study; the company that was chosen listed TransCanada as a “major client.” It also does business for many of the same oil companies that stand to benefit from the pipeline.

Meanwhile, State Department officials coached TransCanada on messaging—and seemed to be in cahoots with them on skirting safety protections. From the start, they have shown a disposition towards the pipeline proponents at the expense of public – exemplified by the Secretary’s comments a year ago that she was “inclined” to approve it.

The Keystone XL pipeline is a massive, destructive proposal and the more we learn about it, the more objections we have. Now those concerned about integrity in government are joining the many other Americans opposed to this dangerous project.

Citizens alarmed by climate change do not want the Keystone XL pipeline to lock America into decades of one of the dirtiest, most carbon-intensive fuels on the planet.

Farmers, ranchers, and businesspeople living along Keystone XL’s route do not want to put their communities, rangeland, and water supply at risk of pipeline eruptions.

And national security experts are speaking out about the danger of deepening America’s fossil fuel addiction with tar sands oil. Retired Army Brigadier General Steven M. Anderson wrote a powerful piece in The Hill that the pipeline the “will comfort our enemies.” He refutes TransCanada’s claims that the pipeline will enhance America’s national security and says:

This pipeline would move dirty oil from Canada to refineries in Texas and would set back our renewable energy efforts for at least two decades, much to our enemies’ delight.

Whose assessment of national security would you believe: The foreign oil company that stands to profit by exporting tar sands oil to Asia and Europe? Or the American general who served as the military’s senior logistician in Iraq in 2006 and 2007?

The drumbeat of opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline is growing louder and louder. Citizens are asking their elected officials about it at town hall meetings, and President Obama has been met with protests and questions from a range of constituents – from high donors to students as he travels the country.

You can make your protest heard by signing up for the November 6 event outside the White House here or by sending a message President Obama at

© 2011 NRDC
Frances Beinecke is President of NRDC

Judy C (97)
Sunday October 30, 2011, 11:10 pm
Absolutely, Monica. It MUST be stopped.

Shane C (3)
Monday October 31, 2011, 5:53 pm
Unfortunately our leaders care more about money than doing what is right.

. (0)
Monday October 31, 2011, 5:59 pm
Obama is simply either an uncaring man, or a man who has simply sold out.....His non-reaction to this is inexplainable, and a little disconcerting.

Robert O (12)
Monday October 31, 2011, 6:34 pm
Thanks Judy.

SuS NoMail Plez P (244)
Monday October 31, 2011, 9:39 pm
Thank you dearly July. I had planned to attend and then LIFE affected me in a way to make it impossible. IF they are still protesting~ when I return to the country I WILL DO MY PART.

Quanta Kiran (67)
Tuesday November 1, 2011, 3:37 am

Carol H (229)
Tuesday November 1, 2011, 4:48 am
noted, thank Judy

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 1, 2011, 6:59 am
I wonder how much of this has to do with population control -- too many of us living too long?

Russell R (87)
Tuesday November 1, 2011, 12:11 pm
The Keystone pipeline already exist! This about adding another one!

In June 2010 TransCanada commenced commercial operation of the first phase of the Keystone Pipeline System. Keystone's first phase was highlighted by the conversion of natural gas pipeline to crude oil pipeline and construction of an innovative bullet line that brings the crude oil non-stop from Canada to market hubs in the U.S. Midwest.

Keystone Cushing (Phase II), an extension of the Keystone Pipeline from Steele City, Nebraska to Cushing, Oklahoma went into service in February 2011. The 36-inch pipeline connects to storage and distribution facilities at Cushing, a major crude oil marketing/refining and pipeline hub.

The proposed Keystone Gulf Coast Expansion Project is an approximate 2,673-kilometre (1,661-mile), 36-inch crude oil pipeline that would begin at Hardisty, Alberta and extend southeast through Saskatchewan, Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. It would incorporate a portion of the Keystone Pipeline (Phase II) through Nebraska and Kansas to serve markets at Cushing, Oklahoma before continuing through Oklahoma to a delivery point near existing terminals in Nederland, Texas to serve the Port Arthur, Texas marketplace.

click on> Keystone Pipeline System


Muriel Servaege (53)
Tuesday November 1, 2011, 12:31 pm
The story of that pipeline is nightmarish (to people who are not interested in making money with it, I mean).

Dotti L (85)
Tuesday November 1, 2011, 12:41 pm
I have signed many petitions re: this Keystone XL pipline.

Nelson Baker (0)
Tuesday November 1, 2011, 3:08 pm
Although the pipeline will be a disaster for this country it will be approved. Our politicians and government don't care about the damage it will do. Oil company money can buy any approval they need.

Rita White (55)
Tuesday November 1, 2011, 3:40 pm
Thanks, noted

Bruce Van Tassell (7)
Tuesday November 1, 2011, 6:03 pm
There's no handeling of review government is in the pockets of the oil companies. They make the legislation and the fools we elect fall in line.

Gary C (5)
Wednesday November 2, 2011, 8:03 pm
Noted thankyou...

SuS NoMail Plez P (244)
Thursday November 3, 2011, 1:21 pm
Send a Green Star to Judy C.
Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"
You cannot currently send a star to Judy because you have done so within the last week.
Glad I came back as my post makes no sence. I've been very ill, delirious at times and this prooves my embarrassing post. The Star this time is for your post: Sunday October 30, 2011, 11:09 pm

Glad to see so much response!

SuS NoMail Plez P (244)
Thursday November 3, 2011, 1:29 pm
Unfortunately...I agree with Nelson B. BIG COR$ has brought a whole new level of unacountable Gr$$D to this Country. WE MUST PERSERVERE. Never give up. Look at what "THE PEOPLE" have said and ACCOMPLISHED so far whom are protesting every day. They WE are not going anywhere. We need to flood the phones, join with the Envirnomental Groups and ORGANIZE.

Sarah G (109)
Thursday November 3, 2011, 5:53 pm
signed, thanks for posting

Judy C (97)
Thursday November 3, 2011, 9:10 pm
I can't send you another green star, either, SuSanne. I agree, though, that we have to keep fighting this.
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