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February 03 2014

06:51

The Tense Trail Of The Keystone XL Pipeline

We’ll follow the path of the Keystone XL Pipeline from Canada’s Tar Sands country through the heart of America and hear the furious debate over its fate.

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Guests

Coral Davenport, energy and environment correspondent for the New York Times. (@CoralMDavenport)

Tony Horwitz,  author and journalist. Author of the new book “BOOM: Oil, Money, Cowboys, Strippers, and the Energy Rush That Could Change America Forever.” Also author of ”Confederates in the Attic,” “Blue Latitudes,” “Baghdad Without a Map,” “A Voyage Long and Strange” and “Midnight Rising.” (@tonyhorwitz)

From Tom’s Reading List

New York Times: Report May Ease Way to Approval of Keystone Pipeline — “The long-awaited environmental impact statement on the project concludes that approval or denial of the pipeline, which would carry 830,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta to the Gulf Coast, is unlikely to prompt oil companies to change the rate of their extraction of carbon-heavy tar sands oil, a State Department official said. Either way, the tar sands oil, which produces significantly more planet-warming carbon pollution than standard methods of drilling, is coming out of the ground, the report says.”

U.S. State Department: Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement — “There is existing demand for crude oil—particularly heavy crude oil—at refiners in the Gulf Coast area, but  the ultimate disposition of crude oil that would be  transported by the proposed Project, as well as any  refined products produced from that crude oil, would also be determined by market demand and applicable law.”

The Walrus: Big Mac — “Until recently, Alberta has been slow to release Crown land to the municipality, mostly because it sits on vast reserves of bitumen. Work is finally set to begin on two new suburban developments, each on the scale of Eagle Ridge, which will provide housing for at least 50,000 people. By 2030, Fort McMurray could be a city of almost a quarter million.”

Key Facts And Figures From The Latest State Department EIS

Read An Excerpt From Tony Horwitz’s “Pipe Dreams”

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January 31 2014

21:32

Keystone XL Pipeline: The Latest Facts And Figures

The proposed Keystone XL project consists of a 875-mile long pipeline and related facilities to transport up to 830,000 barrels/day from Alberta and  The Bakken Shale Formation in Montana.

A timeline of the Keystone XL Pipeline planning process (US State Dept)

A timeline of the Keystone XL Pipeline planning process (US State Dept)

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline route (US State Dept)

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline route (US State Dept)

The Gulf Coast project route (Courtesy US State Dept)

The Gulf Coast project route  (US State Dept)

The U.S. State Department’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Study is a technical assessment of the potential environmental impacts related to the proposed pipeline. It responds to more than 1.9 million comments received since June 2012 (from both the scoping and Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement comment periods).

A typical pipeline construction sequence (US State Dept)

A typical pipeline construction sequence (US State Dept)

A cross-section of a typical horizontal directional drilling method (US State Dept)

A cross-section of a typical horizontal directional drilling method (US State Dept)

Native American tribes consulted in the creation of the final State Dept. EIS (US State Dept)

Native American tribes consulted in the creation of the final State Dept. EIS (US State Dept)

 

Representative alternatives to the Keystone XL Pipeline (US State Dept)

Representative alternatives to the Keystone XL Pipeline (US State Dept)

All images and charts via the U.S. State Department.

The next step? Comments are being excepted between 2/5/14 and 3/7/14 at http://www.regulations.gov

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