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A Plethora of Pipelines

President Obama’s recent decision to fast-track part of the contested Keystone pipeline has dominated headlines, but there’s a bigger story beyond the political points won or lost by that decision. The abundance of oil in North America is driving the development of several additional pipelines, says the WSJ:

Two major energy companies are planning to build new pipelines that will move as much as 850,000 barrels of crude oil a day from Canada to refineries along the Gulf Coast by mid-2014, in the latest effort to cope with a surge of oil production in North America. . . .

The companies said Monday they now have enough long-term commitments from new customers to also build a new 30-inch pipeline along the same right-of-way, which will add up to 450,000 barrels per day in capacity by the middle of 2014. Two smaller pipeline projects will connect the Seaway pipeline to Enterprise’s storage hub along the Houston Ship Channel and to refineries near Port Arthur, Texas.

Green lobbies may have successfully stalled Keystone, but can they really block all the new pipelines?

For our part, Via Meadia celebrates the continuing cultivation of our continent’s natural resources as part of a multifaceted energy policy.

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  • a nissen

    You are quoting yesterday’s WSJ. Further reasoning behind the rush to export appears in today’s:

  • Corlyss

    “can they really block all the new pipelines?”

    Yes they can! EPA, not DoD, runs the government in this administration. Just wait till they take control of natural gas in a few months. They’re going to stop it all. There’s no consensus in Congress that these sophisticated morons have gone light years beyond their mandate. The only hope of stopping them after the Supremes decided EPA could control CO2 is for the Congress to remove elements from their mandate specifically, and Congress can’t manage even that small task as long as it is divided. Even if the Republicans can take the Senate without losing the House this year, it is not likely they will be able to get a bill thru, esp. if Obama wins. If I had my way, EPA would be disbanded as a nest of unregistered agents of foreign powers.

  • Mark Michael

    PJ Media had a video in which they showed a map of the US with all of its pipelines in red. The country is covered with pipelines; red lines obscured the map, they were so dense. There are something like 300,000 miles of major oil transmission pipelines alone. All types of pipelines – natural gas, local “distribution” pipelines, those for petrochemicals, etc. – total to over 3 million miles. The state that was cited as the reason for Obama’s delay of the Keystone XL Pipeline, Nebraska, has maybe 21,000 miles of similar oil pipelines. The Keystone pipeline would be another hundred miles or so of more pipeline for Neb.

    I guess the D Party “insiders” figure the MSM will continue serving as coverup artists for them. Don’t let the average D voter know the facts about oil pipelines and their profligate usage in the US.

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