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Alberta province steps up efforts to promote the Keystone (TRP) pipeline project, sending its...

Alberta province steps up efforts to promote the Keystone (TRP) pipeline project, sending its premier to the U.S. to meet legislators and hiring two U.S. PR firms with ties to Sec. of State John Kerry. Meanwhile, environmental groups ask the Obama administration to extend the approval process for Keystone, using the recent spill of heavy Canadian crude in Arkansas as the latest reason for a delay.
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  • lorneb
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    Why does the writer refer to the spilled oil as " heavy Canadian crude"? Does it make a difference where the crude originated from or whether it is heavy or light? Perhaps he is just an overzealous projectionist who thinks he is making a point that oil from Canada is the cause and that heavy crude is worse than light crude when it leaks? How old was the pipeline, to what standard(s) was it built and by which of the many contractors. Who were the operators and maintenance persons and for whom do they work would be more to the point. There are pipelines all over N.A. that were built many years ago, some of which probably would not come anywhere near meeting the standards to which current day pipelines are built. Lets put the blame where it belongs rather than making dumb innuendoes.
    8 Apr 2013, 07:44 PM Reply Like
  • kmi
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    The crude in question is 1) similar to that expected to be transported by the Keystone expansion, and 2) heavy is an industry term, not an adjective, to describe the type, as crude oil bought by refiners arrives in many types, but is sold under what are called 'benchmarks', like "WTI" based on the market.
    9 Apr 2013, 09:23 AM Reply Like
  • Uncle Pie
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    According to published reports the Exxon pipeline in Arkansas where the spill occurred was over 50 years old.
    Presumably brand new state of the art pipelines would be less susceptible to accidents. Maybe less susceptible than foreign flagged tanker ships of unknown provenance transporting Venezuelan heavy crude across the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. Venezuela delivers about 980,000 barrels of heavy oil per day to the Gulf Coast refineries, and this is what the Keystone oil would replace.
    8 Apr 2013, 10:14 PM Reply Like
  • Hendershott
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    You know that Venezuela owns one of the US larger refineries, Citgo, They'll likely continue buy Venezuelan crude. The Saudi's also own part of one of the biggest US refineries. They will likely to continue to buy Saudi oil.
    9 Apr 2013, 01:25 AM Reply Like
  • bauer9753
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    Since crude and gas are still drivers of our economy, we need to take advantage of reliable supplies of product to supply our industrial and transportation needs. Alternative energy sources are being developed but are not reliable enough to provide the energy sources we need right now to increase employment and hold energy prices at reasonable levels so that companies' and individuals' needs are met. The Keystone Pipeline would provide the kinds of jobs that many workers need right now because these jobs generally cannot be replaced by computers. These jobs will pay better than the typical infrastructure jobs that P. Obama is always extolling--the kind that need repair in three years or so. Private industry usually does it right the first time because it is a waste of profit not to do it right. Government jobs, especially road and bridge work, require "touching up" and "repair" that goes on year after year. Let's hope this administration can get this one thing right after all the other fiascos it has perpetrated on the U. S. taxpayer.
    10 Apr 2013, 01:49 PM Reply Like
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