Enbridge's Oklahoma-Illinois pipeline can proceed, court rules

Enbridge's (ENB +0.4%) pipeline to carry tar sands oil between Oklahoma and Illinois can proceed, a federal judge ruled yesterday after rejecting arguments by the Sierra Club and the National Wildlife Federation that the failure to conduct an environmental impact review of the pipeline violated the National Environmental Protection Act.

“Plaintiffs are wrong to insist that any federal agency had an obligation under NEPA or any other statute to conduct an environmental review” of the pipeline’s impact, the judge said.

The pipeline will carry crude oil from Pontiac, Ill., to Cushing, Okla.

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  • richjoy403
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    That's a minor victory in a larger war. I expect the Sierra Club and the National Wildlife Federation to now ask the Obama Administration for an Executive Order directing the administration of the NEPA conduct the requested review, and retroactively.


    Insofar as I know, the latest on the Keystone Pipeline is the strategy of the Democrat's leadership is to delay rejecting the pipeline to after the November mid-term elections because many Democrats are lining up in favor of it as a jobs program, and safer than trains. The leadership doesn't want the Repubs to have it as a campaign issue.


    In other words, it's hardball politics as always (and by both parties).


    Long ENB
    19 Aug 2014, 11:51 AM Reply Like
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    Have organizations like the Sierra Club and the National Wildlife Federation become simply self hating and America hating organizations who's mission is to try to throw a wrench into the path of progress?


    I'm all for saving the environment but when there is no impact and even the judge says there is no basis for the suit these organizations are no longer protecting anything.


    They need to work harder at excising their personal demons and stop trying to make the country fit into their demented vision of a "perfect" world.
    19 Aug 2014, 12:04 PM Reply Like
  • vireoman
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    I'm pretty sure that the "Sierra Club" (are you referring to all of the members, or just the leadership?) doesn't hate itself. I do think they (and I, as I am a member) have a major problem with the tar sands. To quote Jeremy Grantham of GMO in his most recent quarterly newsletter (http://bit.ly/WnLFA8), diluted bitumen (aka, tar sands) is "more toxic than crude oil, far heavier, and more expensive to clean up." To get bitumen to flow through pipes, benzene must be added. Thus, when there was a major leak into the Kalamazoo River in 2010, "the benzene evaporated into a brown poisonous gas, necessitating the immediate evacuation of all neighboring houses." Further, the loss of the benzene resulted in the tar sands being converted into plain bitumen, with the now asphalt-like goo sinking to the bottom of the river. The clean-up continues to this day, and the cost is concomitantly exorbitant. Thus, I don't find the Sierra Club's objections to this pipeline or to others that carry tar sands to reflect signs of dementia. They may in fact have the best interests of the country (as well as you) in mind.
    19 Aug 2014, 05:00 PM Reply Like
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