Keystone pipeline prospects dim after U.S. Senate vote

Republican senators celebrated small victory on Saturday vote


A bill that may force U.S. President Barack Obama to make a decision on the Canada-Texas oil pipeline within 60 days passed the Senate on Saturday. Republican senators celebrated a small victory for a political manoeuvre that may compel the president to take an unpopular stance on a hot-button issue in the run-up to the 2012 election. The U.S. State Department said it would “almost certainly” turn down the project, even if the White House approves it. The State Department has postponed its decision until after next years’ election because it says it needs to study alternative routes for the pipeline. As currently proposed, TransCanada Corp’s 700,000 barrel-a-day oil pipeline would cross one of the country’s largest aquifers in Nebraska. The bill now moves to the Republican-led House of Representatives.


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Keystone pipeline prospects dim after U.S. Senate vote

  1. You’d think it would be a lot easier to stop an oil spill from a pipeline, where you can just shut off some valves and the spill stops. Compared to an oil spill from a ship that’s travelling across the world.

    But what do I know? I’m not a politician or a lobbyist.

    • It’s conceptually easy but time consuming and risky in operation because the entire pipeline is pressure controlled back to the source to ensure proper flow. So, you have to reduce flow source -> break or you risk blowout somewhere else as what you’re moving backs up. In the time it takes to do that oil is going to continue to leak at the break in not insignificant quantities.

  2. This cowardly Liberal has GOT to be defeated, and all the other foot draggers.

  3. There goes the Ethical Oil mouvement.  They’ll have to find them other jobs in the Con machinery.

  4. Or the state dept is posturing and will let it happen if Obama wants it to. Obama is in a bind now – he either ticks of the enviros or the unions.

    And there are dozens of other pipelines that run across th ogalalla aquifer with no issues. I detect a left bias in Reuters.

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