Posted on February 4, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Oil price drop should be bigger factor in evaluations
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — In case there was ever any doubt (and there wasn’t), the EPA this week made it clear that construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline would result in a significant increase in greenhouse gas emissions.
The agency’s formal comment letter to the State Department focused on shifting market conditions, including the recent dip in oil prices, pointed out that the overall analysis for the pipeline failure to explore alternative routes that would not put critical land and water resources at risk. Continue reading
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Posted on November 22, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
A map from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory shows areas with the potential for windpower and the associated transmission grid.
Sioux Nation wants to focus on renewable energy, not dirty tar sands oil
FRISCO — Just a few days after responding angrily to the U.S. House vote to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, Sioux Nation Native American leaders met with the Obama administration to explore renewable energy options.
The meeting included representatives from more than eight federal agencies and offices, including representatives from the Departments of Agriculture, Interior, Treasury, and Tribal Relations. Continue reading
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Posted on November 15, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
War over the Keystone XL pipeline?
‘We are a sovereign nation and we are not being treated as such … We will close our reservation borders to Keystone XL’
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Conservation groups and climate activists aren’t the only ones hopping mad about the Congressional rush to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Native Americans in South Dakota say they consider last week’s House vote to approve the pipeline “an act of war.”
The proposed project, aimed at pumping tar sands crude oil from Canada to U.S. refineries, would completely cross South Dakota. Environmentalists oppose the pipeline because it represents continued reliance on fossil fuels. Most, if not all, of the oil would be exported to other countries, so the argument that it would somehow lower fuel prices rings hollow and false. Continue reading
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Posted on February 7, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Official documents suggest that top federal officials have once again subverted science to downplay impacts from a major development project.
No relief yet for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service whistleblowers
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — It’s pretty clear that top-level decisions on the Keystone XL pipeline are going to be made based primarily on political considerations, but a watchdog group is charging that federal agencies are taking extraordinary steps to cover their tracks after issuing flawed and politically tainted reports.
According to the U.S. Department of Interior’s inspector general, the tainted process damages the department’s credibility and integrity.
A series of documents released this week by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, managers with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service used misleading maps to downplay impacts to endangered species. Continue reading
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Posted on May 23, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
House Republicans once again are trying to force approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Supporters of pipeline bill took six times as much money from oil industry as opponents
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — If the U.S. House of Representatives has its way, Canadian tar sands oil will soon be flowing across the country in a new pipeline, authorized under a law that flaunts many important environmental laws.
Wednesday’s vote on H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act, marks the seventh time the House has tried to force approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. While today’s vote saw fewer representatives voting in favor of the resolution than past votes, it still showed the oil money rules congress.
Watchdog groups did the math:
Members of Congress supporting the pipeline took in a combined $56 million from fossil fuel interests, $36 million from oil industry interests alone;
Members supporting the pipeline took an average of $233,774 from all fossil fuel interests, $150,604 from oil industry interests alone;
Members opposing the pipeline took an average of $24,886 from all fossil fuel interests, and $24,886 from oil industry alone; and
Supporters took 6 times more from the oil industry than opponents. Continue reading
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Posted on April 3, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
An oil pipeline in Alaska. Photo courtesy USGS.
Thirst for oil leads to inevitable disasters
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — With more than 2.6 million miles of pipeline criss-crossing the country, it seems almost inevitable that there will be breaks and spills. The only question is how serious the spill will be.
Right now, residents of Mayflower, Ark, will probably tell you that last year’s passage of the Pipeline Safety Act didn’t prevent their town from becoming the latest ground zero in a seemingly never-ending series of oil spill disasters.
The Pipeline Safety Act doubled the maximum civil penalties for pipeline safety violations from $100,000 to $200,000 and authorized an increase for the federal pipeline inspector workforce. Continue reading
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