Skip to comments.API Calls on President to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline
Posted on 11/15/2012 1:24:17 PM PST by thackney
Now that the election is over, the oil and gas industry is holding the president accountable for promises made during his campaign. American Petroleum Institute called on President Obama to move forward with the stagnant project and grant approval in a conference call with reporters Thursday.
"In our exit polls last week it showed that 73 percent of Americans support more American production of oil and natural gas," stated API's Executive Vice President Marty Durbin. "Ninety-one percent believe that that production will lead to more American jobs and 75 percent support building the Keystone XL pipeline. We encourage the president to approve the necessary cross-border permit."
API is holding fast to the idea that by approving this project, jobs will be created, lower gas prices will go into effect and U.S. energy independence will be spurred by increasing the amount of crude and petroleum products available to the U.S. for domestic use and exports.
Currently, the project is awaiting approval from U.S. regulators while becoming a hot-topic during the recent presidential election.
"We can't have an energy strategy for the last century that traps us in the past. We need an energy strategy for the future an all-of-the-above strategy for the 21st century that develops every source of American-made energy," President Barack Obama said at Prince George's Community College earlier this year in a series of visits to discuss the administration's energy goals.
The State Department, charged with approving cross-border pipelines into the United States, rejected the TransCanada-owned pipeline permit last year. The company then submitted a Presidential Permit application May 4 to the State Department, which is expected to make a decision on the project by the first quarter of 2013. Following the decision, TransCanada expects to begin construction in the first quarter of 2013, with an anticipated in-service date in late 2014 or early 2015.
TransCanada and supporters of the project expect to receive White House approval and if received, it will be viewed as a win for North American energy independence.
The Keystone Pipeline is a 2,150-mile pipeline that transports crude oil from Hardisty, Alberta to markets in the American midwest. The proposed Keystone XL would extend that pipeline to the U.S. Gulf Coast, which has the largest concentration of oil refining and shipping operations in the world. If the pipeline extension project is approved, it will transport 830,000 barrels of heavy crude oil from the Canadian oil sands to U.S. refineries for processing and distribution around the United States and the world.
Ain’t gonna happen.
Nice try. Correct on the merits, but zero chance. Pun intended.
Plus, half of API’s own member companies and their families voted for Obama and down-ballot Senate Dems in IN, ND, MT, OH, PA, VA, and well beyond.
Elections have consequences.
My only hope is that every new unemployed person voted for Obama or didn’t vote.
That is no longer true. The Keystone XL in the current proposal brings another Pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta to Steele City, Nebraska. No part of this permit application involves going beyond that point.
In a now separate project, the Gulf Coast Pipeline project is already moving forward from Cushing, Oklahoma to Texas Gulf Coast. That pipeline is no longer part of the presidential (State Department) permit process.
“We can’t have an energy strategy for the last century that traps us in the past. We need an energy strategy for the future an all-of-the-above strategy for the 21st century that develops every source of American-made energy,” President Barack Obama said at Prince George’s Community College. . .
When pigs fly.
Oops, I’m sorry, Barry. I didn’t mean to offend your Mohammedan sensibilities. Much.
Oh yes, it is happening. At least the southern section. I just drove past the Keystone ROW @ Arp, Texas an hour ago and they are pushing dirt getting ready for ditching machines.
The last far northern section crossing into Canada may be a different thing, but these folks don’t spend this much money without knowing it’ll be OK’d or having a very good Plan B.
0m0slem do something good for God Damned America? LOL!
Plan B? What? Are they going to smuggle the oil into America in 5 gallon buckets?
Approval’s not going to happen. That would interfere with 0bama’s mission of collapsing our economy.
I don't mean the Cushing to Texas Gulf Coast is not getting built. I was trying to say it was not part of the approval presidential approval process this time.
It actually has a different name as it is now a separate project. Same end result, but no longer held up by this administration.
The Canada to Nebraska Keystone XL is still not approved and needs the state department's sign-off.
Plan B doesn't help the owner of this pipeline, Transcanada.
It does make the railroads quite busy and profitable.
When will Americans get the message that King Obama has no intent to authorize the Keystone pipeline. He lies like a real communists black.
There are other ways to cross the border with oil from Canada, just not nearly as effecient as pipeline.
Would have been a shoe-in had the election not been stolen. Betting XL was pretty certain the kenyan would not approve XL.
Cushing to Houston will help some anyway.