Friday, January 4, 2013

Speaking of the Keystone XL 2.0N -- Exactly Where Are "We"?


January 7, 2013: Nebraska DEQ sees little impact from new Keystone XL route.
Construction and operation of the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline along its revised route, with the necessary mitigation measures, could have minimal environmental impacts on Nebraska, the state’s Department of Environmental Quality said on Jan. 4.
The faux environmentalists have moved on; it's no longer about the route. Now, it's about CO2 emissions. 

January 6, 2013: The Dickinson Press has an update which says about the same thing, but provides a bit more detail and background. In addition, the article references two large Enbridge pipeline projects which were announced earlier (back in 2012). Apparently, Enbridge has added another $600 million to the huge $6 billion project previously announced. That is "new" news.
Enbridge Inc, already the largest transporter of Canadian oil, moving more than 2 million barrels a day, added C$600 million ($609 million) worth of new plans on Friday to a massive C$6.2 billion expansion of its system through Western Canada, North Dakota, the U.S. Midwest and Eastern Canada, announced in early December.
The company said it would spend C$400 million on its Western Canadian system to add 230,000 barrels a day of capacity, mostly by increasing the horsepower of its pumping stations between Hardisty, Alberta, and the Canada-U.S. border.
Its U.S. affiliate, Enbridge Energy Partners, will spend $200 million to further that expansion between North Dakota and Superior, Wisconsin. The capacity is scheduled to be on line in 2015, the company said.
Enbridge remains one of a handful of Bakken-centric companies I most enjoy following. EOG is another. And, of course, BRK, now that Warren owns BNSF.

Original Post
Glad you asked. Apparently in the mail.
A state evaluation of TransCanada's route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline through Nebraska has been sent to the governor.
The office of Gov. Dave Heineman said in a news release Friday that he has 30 days to review the more than 2,000 pages before making his decision.
Another 2,000 pages of analysis. My hunch is the governor has seen the report, and everything he needs to know is in the executive summary and that's all that will be read.  The date of the governor's decision will be made in consultation with the SecState. SecState's action on this will be delayed until the new SecState is approved.

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