Unexpected Keystone Ruling

The Story:

A US district court judge blocked further construction of the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline last week, the latest delay in a project designed to get crude oi from the oil sands of Alberta, Canada to the US Gulf Coast. The initials XL stand for “export limited.”

Demand and Reply:

Judge Brian Morris is demanding a more complete environmental impact analysis from the US government before he will lift his order. President Trump replied, “I think [the order is] a disgrace. It’s 40,000 jobs. I approved it; it’s ready to start.”

The Thing to Know:

The United States has more than 72,000 miles of pipe carrying crude oil alone.  Are all those miles of pipe absolutely necessary? Well: there are other ways of getting the crude (or the natural gas) from the drilling site to the refinery, or to a port for export. But it would be tough work so to so arrange things that pipelines became unnecessary. According to one estimate, it would take 750 tanker trucks a day loading up and moving out every two minutes, 24/7, to move the volume of even a single unimpressive pipeline.


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