State Department corrects errors on Keystone XL estimates

The State Department is correcting several errors it made in its study evaluating the impact of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, including a new estimate of hundreds more deaths and thousands more injuries that could occur if the project were rejected and oil traffic by rail increased.

The initial study noted that without the pipeline, companies instead would move the oil by rail, which could contribute to 700 injuries and 92 deaths over 10 years; the updated report raises those numbers more than fourfold.

TransCanada (TRP) says the update reaffirms that the safest and most environmentally responsible way to move oil is through a pipeline, opponents say the report highlights the dangers of developing Canada's oil sands at all, and State Department officials say the corrections have "no impact" on the integrity of the first report.

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  • Rich in NJ
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    Does anyone really doubt that Keystone will be approved sooner or later? Get it done already!
    7 Jun 2014, 08:51 AM Reply Like
  • Ruffdog
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    Ya I do, The longer it takes the bigger the chance the tree huggers will convince Obama to kill the project.
    7 Jun 2014, 09:04 AM Reply Like
  • Rich in NJ
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    That's the point. Even from an environmental perspective, building Keystone survives a cost-benefit analysis, when you factor in the alternative costs.
    7 Jun 2014, 10:34 AM Reply Like
  • Jake2992
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    More reason not to build it at all. The 45 permanent jobs it may create are hardly a plan for serious job creation.
    8 Jun 2014, 03:46 PM Reply Like
  • Bikerguy
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    Jake you fail to mention the thousands of construction jobs. Yes, these are temporary, perhaps a year or two. But, of course Obama pushed his 2009 jobs bill based on shovel ready projects. Those, if they had existed, were short term temporary construction jobs. Also, an unemployed construction worker would be very happy with a temporary one or two year job. Lastly, there will be additional jobs at the refineries.
    8 Jun 2014, 04:09 PM Reply Like
  • Joe Lunchbox
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    You also need to consider the landowners that could lose their land if eminent domain is allowed to be used. I'd sure hate to lose my land because of a Canadian company taking it.


    For now, a judge has ruled that eminent domain cannot be used:



    This still has international ramifications. Stay tuned.
    8 Jun 2014, 10:35 PM Reply Like
  • mike8599
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    It will get done.. as soon as the American people get rid of these over zealous environmental policy advocates, and their special interest backers (like Mid East oil tycoons).


    The American people have such short memories and the media has no use for a conservative government that doesn't produce an outrage to produce more viewers.


    Its all about money.
    7 Jun 2014, 09:16 AM Reply Like
  • SoldHigh
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    Comical to see the term 'integrity' used in the same sentence with 'State Department officials' since none in this admin have any integrity.
    7 Jun 2014, 09:47 AM Reply Like
  • Blue22
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    So in the meantime, several trains have already crashed and burned because they are obsolete tech and not capable of safely transporting petroleum products. But wait! This has already cost US and Canadian companies billions of dollars in years of delays, bogus lawsuits and harassments. Why should they have to pay for Federal blunders? Critical projects for TRP, Enbridge and Kinder Morgan alone average about $10 billion each! Instead of more fines, regulations and environmentalist vote chasing how about our Energy Departments supporting the infrastructure modernization and maintenance we must have?
    7 Jun 2014, 11:13 AM Reply Like
  • dunnhaupt
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    But Warren Buffett objects because he not only owns the railroad which serves that region but also the only tank car factory in the US, and he financially supports President Obama. So there!
    7 Jun 2014, 01:35 PM Reply Like
  • goldseal5050
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    Simple and to the point....Well said ! How about adding that the opponents in many cases are (IMHO) taking money from our enemies to kill the project ?
    8 Jun 2014, 09:34 AM Reply Like
  • Joe Lunchbox
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    Warren Buffet may have a hand in the decision, and I understand he owns Union Tank Car Co. However, ARII, GBX and TRN all make tank cars in the US, too.


    Even after approval, the pipeline will take years to build. So I'm riding the tank cars for a while.
    8 Jun 2014, 09:33 PM Reply Like
  • 1980XLS
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    "Mr. President, I can make this much more money shipping Oil on my railroad, as long as you keep blocking Keystone forever for me. In exchange I'll play along and keep using that "Secretary thing" to help you with your class warfare policies"



    "Thank you Mr Buffett, we have a deal, but what about the safety of the Sheeple?"



    "Don't worry about them Barry , just do as I say"



    "Not as I do"


    7 Jun 2014, 04:43 PM Reply Like
  • The Rebel
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    The only reason the State Dept. report came out now is because pipeline supporter groups probably were about to get their hands on this and report it themselves. As far as Secretary of State Kerry ultimately making the decision with Obama, he should excuse himself due to conflicts because of his wife's major funding of the Tides Foundation, and its funding of a controversial environmental organization, the Apollo Alliance. Among Apollo's board members are a grouping of radicals, including:


    Joel Rogers, a founder of the socialist New Party; Jeff Jones, a founder of the Weather Underground domestic terrorist group who was on the run from law enforcement agencies while his group carried out a series of bombings of U.S. government buildings; and Van Jones, President Obama’s controversial former “green jobs czar” who resigned after it was exposed he founded a communist revolutionary organization and signed a statement that accused the Bush administration of possible involvement in the 9/11 attacks.
    7 Jun 2014, 11:35 PM Reply Like
  • Not fooled in Nevada
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    You got it right Rebel -- call a spade, a spade, before the other side does. Can't do much about Buffett apart from exposing him for comingling his business and political interests. Dirtbag!
    8 Jun 2014, 09:57 PM Reply Like
  • Joe Lunchbox
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    >exposing him for comingling his business and political interests<


    If you look at US history, that is commonplace. That's why Ben Franklin became involved in government, so he could get the printing contracts. Seems like our founding fathers weren't so moral after all. But they did set the example for business today.
    8 Jun 2014, 10:23 PM Reply Like
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