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Keystone XL Pipeline

Nebraska Court Finds the Proposed Route for Keystone XL Unconstitutional

February 21, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Keystone Route Ruling

In what could turn out to be a major victory for farmers, ranchers and other landowners, Nebraska’s District court has declared the route for the that section of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline through the state to be unconstitutional.[read more]

Keystone XL Will Significantly Increase Oil Industry Investment in the Tar Sands

February 14, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Keystone XL and Tar Sands

A major issue in the decision around the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is the extent to which this project will drive expansion of tar sands extraction and the associated climate change. We often hear Keystone XL dismissed as insignificant, but this misses the point.[read more]

Greens: 'Magical Thinking' on Oil-by-Rail Behind State's Keystone XL Assessment

February 12, 2014 by Elana Schor

The State Department softened some of its sunniest growth predictions for Canadian oil sands by rail in its final environmental review of Keystone XL -- but greens still warn that only analysts in rose-colored glasses could see trains as a viable substitute for the pipeline.[read more]

Final Environmental Review for Keystone Pipeline Acknowledges Significant Climate Impact

February 7, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch

The State Department has released its final environmental review acknowledging for the first time Keystone XL could accelerate climate change. There is already compelling evidence that approval of Keystone XL would expand the tar sands industry and cause unacceptable climate impacts.[read more]

Coal Emissions Equal an Athabasca Oil Sands Reserve Every Four Years

February 6, 2014 by Robert Rapier

Coal Emissions

I have argued that while Keystone XL has mobilized a lot of passion and energy, its threat is minuscule compared to the world’s growing carbon dioxide emissions. Thus, I believe most of the effort being directed at stopping Keystone XL would be better directed at the world’s coal emissions.[read more]

Interpreting the State Department's Latest Assessment of the Keystone XL Pipeline

February 6, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles

On Wednesday I participated in a webchat hosted by The Energy Collective on the subject of the emissions and market impact of the Keystone XL Pipeline. It was prompted by last week's release of the State Department's "Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement" on the project.[read more]

Keystone XL Pipeline Update: And So It Begins ...

February 4, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia

Although the Keystone XL pipeline has yet to receive full presidential approval, the southern leg of the pipeline (referred to as the Gulf Coast line) has already become active. On January 22, crude oil began flowing from Cushing, Oklahoma to refineries in Texas.[read more]


When Will the Obama Administration Possibly Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline?

January 31, 2014 by John Miller

Obama and the Keystone XL Pipeline

The Obama Administration has delayed making a final decision on the new cross-border Keystone XL pipeline permit for years. With the recent development of a new project draft Supplemental Impact Environmental Statement, when should we expect a final Executive decision on the Keystone XL permit?[read more]

New Poll on Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Indicating Growing Opposition, Waning Support

January 30, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch

A new poll that was recently released, and was conducted by USA Today, Stanford University, and Resources for the Future, indicates that support for the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline may be waning while opposition is growing.[read more]

Oil Flows on Keystone XL's Southern Leg, But Link to Canada Awaits Obama Administration

January 24, 2014 by Marianne Lavelle

Oil has begun flowing on the southern segment of North America’s most controversial pipeline project: the Keystone XL. TransCanada announced Wednesday that it had begun operations to send crude from Oklahoma to the refining center of the U.S. Gulf Coast.[read more]

John Kerry Throws More Cold Water On Keystone XL Pipeline

January 9, 2014 by Tina Casey

John Kerry and Keystone XL

The tubes have been buzzing over a new New York Times report on Secretary of State John Kerry’s aggressive pursuit of a new global climate agreement, which has some clear implications for approval of the controversial Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline.[read more]

Podesta Opens Keystone Can Of Worms But This New Solar Grant Could Close It

December 18, 2013 by Tina Casey

Keystone and Solar

Advocates for the Keystone pipeline got a roller coaster of a ride this week when the White House announced the appointment of Keystone opponent John Podesta to be White House counselor, only to follow up with an indication that Podesta would recuse himself from the review process for the project.[read more]

How Bitumen Gets to Market

December 18, 2013 by Robert Rapier

Bitumen Transport

On my trip to the oil sands, the logistical issues of getting the bitumen to market were a major topic of discussion. The issue has received widespread attention in recent years as a result of the battle over the Keystone XL pipeline extension, which many view, incorrectly as I will show, as essential.[read more]

Extraction Vs. Upgrading

November 12, 2013 by Andrew Leach

If you had a given amount of capital to spend in the oil sands, would an oil sands mine alone or an integrated project with an upgrader generate the largest value-added return on investment, including total wages, royalties, taxes, and profits, and how would these be distributed?[read more]

National Association of Manufacturers, Others Plead for Keystone XL Approval

October 19, 2013 by Kristopher Settle

Keystone XL Support

In the latest chapter of the Keystone XL pipeline saga, a coalition of three major U.S. business entities and 168 business leaders from across the country penned a letter to President Barack Obama last week urging him to approve construction of the highly-debated pipeline.[read more]