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Politics Fight over Canadian oil rages on after pipeline's demise

01:15  11 june  2021
01:15  11 june  2021 Source:   msn.com

Liberals celebrate the demise of the Keystone XL pipeline, but conservatives promise to keep the issue alive

  Liberals celebrate the demise of the Keystone XL pipeline, but conservatives promise to keep the issue alive Canadian gas company TC Energy announced Wednesday that it had terminated its Keystone XL pipeline project months after President Biden revoked a key permit on his first day of office because of concerns over the pipeline’s impact on climate change. This decision by TC Energy concludes a thirteen year battle surrounding the building of the pipeline and represents a victory for environmental groups who have been calling attention to the harmful effects of processing oil sands crude since the Keystone project was first proposed in 2008.

As the fight escalated into a national debate over fossil fuels, Canadian crude exports to the U. S . steadily increased, driven largely by production from Alberta' s oil sands region. Even before the cancellation, environmentalists had turned their attention to other projects, including Enbridge Energy' s proposal to expand and rebuild its Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota, the target of protests this week that led to the arrest of some 250 activists. “Don’t expect these fights to go away anytime soon,” said Daniel Raimi, a fellow at Resources for the Future, an energy and environmental think tank in Washington.

Oil pipelines in particular are operating at near capacity. As of the end of March, the Trans Mountain pipeline and TC Energy’ s Keystone pipeline were both transporting more oil compared to the same time last year and operating at 100 per cent capacity, the regulator said. “There’ s been such impetus, so much value, from being able to add capacity over the last number of years, so there’ s been a lot of effort to do that through optimizations, but it’ s going to become increasingly challenging, I think, to continue to do that without eventually bringing in new projects to add capacity,” Christie said.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Keystone XL is dead after a 12-year attempt to build the oil pipeline, yet the fight over Canadian crude rages on as emboldened environmentalists target other projects and pressure President Joe Biden to intervene — all while oil imports from the north keep rising.

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2017 file photo, workers make sure that each section of the Enbridge replacement Line 3 that is joined passes muster in Superior, Wisc.  The sponsor of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline says it's pulling the plug on the contentious project, Wednesday, June 9, 2021,  after Canadian officials failed to persuade the Biden administration to reverse its cancellation of the company's permit. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2017 file photo, workers make sure that each section of the Enbridge replacement Line 3 that is joined passes muster in Superior, Wisc. The sponsor of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline says it's pulling the plug on the contentious project, Wednesday, June 9, 2021, after Canadian officials failed to persuade the Biden administration to reverse its cancellation of the company's permit. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP)

Biden dealt the fatal blow to the partially built $9 billion Keystone XL in January when he revoked its border-crossing permit issued by former President Donald Trump. On Wednesday, sponsors TC Energy and the province of Alberta gave up and declared the line “terminated."

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TC Energy argued that buried pipelines are far safer for transporting oil than ships or trains, but critics noted the existing portion of the Keystone pipeline developed a dozen leaks in its first year of operation. Kendall Mackey, a campaigner with the activist group @350, said the project’ s demise was a harbinger of more casualties as environmentalists challenge fossil fuels. “This victory puts polluters and their financiers on notice: terminate your fossil fuel projects now—or a relentless mass movement will stop them for you.” “ After more than 10 years—we have finally defeated an oil and gas giant!

FILE - In this June 1, 2021, file photo, President Joe Biden speaks at the Greenwood Cultural Center in Tulsa, Okla. The Keystone XL is dead after a 12-year attempt to complete the partially built oil pipeline, yet the fight over Canadian crude rages on as emboldened environmentalists target other projects and pressure Biden to intervene — all while oil imports from the north keep rising. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this June 1, 2021, file photo, President Joe Biden speaks at the Greenwood Cultural Center in Tulsa, Okla. The Keystone XL is dead after a 12-year attempt to complete the partially built oil pipeline, yet the fight over Canadian crude rages on as emboldened environmentalists target other projects and pressure Biden to intervene — all while oil imports from the north keep rising. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Activists and many scientists had warned that the pipeline would open a new spigot on Canada's oil sands crude — and that burning the heavily polluting fuel would lock in climate change. As the fight escalated into a national debate over fossil fuels, Canadian crude exports to the U.S. steadily increased, driven largely by production from Alberta's oil sands region.

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The pipeline , which would have stretched from Alberta’ s boreal forests to the refineries along the U. S . Gulf Coast, became the center of a broader controversy over climate change, pipeline safety, eminent domain and jobs. Those same concerns have spawned similar battles to stop pipelines in states including TC Energy said in a statement that it decided along with the government of Alberta to end the multibillion-dollar pipeline . Activists who have spent more than a decade hoping to bury the project for good reacted with joy at the news Wednesday. “When this fight began, people thought Big Oil

The sponsor of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline says it’s pulling the plug on the contentious project after Canadian officials failed to persuade the Biden administration to reverse its cancellation of the company’s permit. It would have moved up to 830,000 barrels (35 million gallons) of crude daily, connecting in Nebraska to other pipelines that feed oil refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Biden canceled the pipeline ' s border crossing permit in January over longstanding concerns that burning oil sands crude could make climate change worse and harder to reverse.

FILE - In this March 2, 2014, file photo, several hundred students and youth who marched from Georgetown University to the White House to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline wait to be arrested outside the White House in Washington.  The sponsor of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline says it's pulling the plug on the contentious project, Wednesday, June 9, 2021,  after Canadian officials failed to persuade the Biden administration to reverse its cancellation of the company's permit. . (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this March 2, 2014, file photo, several hundred students and youth who marched from Georgetown University to the White House to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline wait to be arrested outside the White House in Washington. The sponsor of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline says it's pulling the plug on the contentious project, Wednesday, June 9, 2021, after Canadian officials failed to persuade the Biden administration to reverse its cancellation of the company's permit. . (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Even before the cancellation, environmentalists had turned their attention to other projects, including Enbridge Energy's proposal to expand and rebuild its Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota, the target of protests this week that led to the arrest of some 250 activists.

“Don’t expect these fights to go away anytime soon,” said Daniel Raimi, a fellow at Resources for the Future, an energy and environmental think tank in Washington. “This is going to encourage environmental advocates to do more of the same.”

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Alberta, Canada ’ s oil heartland, may seek compensation from the United States after newly inaugurated President Joe Biden moved to nix the Keystone XL Pipeline , Bloomberg said on Thursday. Canada has struggled with insufficient takeaway capacity for years — and consequently a lower price for its benchmark, Western Canadian Select. The major price difference between WCS and WTI has eaten into Canadian oil company profits. The heavy oil that comes from Alberta is particularly suited to US refineries.

Biden canceled the pipeline ' s border crossing permit in January over longstanding concerns that burning oil sands crude could make climate change worse and harder to reverse. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had objected to the move , raising tensions between the U.S. and Canada . Environmentalists who had fought the project since it was first announced in 2008 said its cancellation marks a “landmark moment” in the effort to curb the use of fossil fuels. “Good riddance to Keystone XL,” said Jared Margolis with the Center for Biological Diversity, one of many environmental groups that

Bill McKibben, an author who was arrested outside the White House while protesting the Keystone XL in 2011, said its defeat provides a template to kill other pipelines, including Line 3 and the Dakota Access Pipeline from North Dakota's Bakken oil field.

Describing Keystone XL as “a carbon bomb,” McKibben said Line 3 is the same size and "carries the same stuff. How on earth could anyone with a straight face say Line 3 passes the climate test?”

Enbridge said the cancellation of Keystone XL will not affect its projects, describing them as “designed to meet current energy demand safely and in ways that better protect the environment.”

A second TC Energy pipeline network, known simply as Keystone, has been delivering crude from Canada’s oil sands region since 2010. The company says the line that runs from Alberta to Illinois, Oklahoma and the Gulf Coast has moved more than 3 billion barrels of oil.

Canada is by far the biggest foreign crude supplier to the U.S., which imported about 3.5 million barrels a day from its neighbor in 2020 — 61% of all U.S. oil imports.

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The flow dropped slightly during the coronavirus pandemic but has largely rebounded. Import volumes have almost doubled since the Keystone XL was first proposed in 2008, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers said Thursday that it expects no immediate effect on production from Keystone XL's cancellation, but the group predicted more oil would be moved to the U.S. by rail.

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2015 file photo, a Keystone pipeline facility sits in Hardisty, Alberta. The Keystone XL is dead after a 12-year attempt to complete the partially built oil pipeline. But the fight over Canadian crude rages on as emboldened environmentalists target other projects and pressure President Joe Biden to intervene. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2015 file photo, a Keystone pipeline facility sits in Hardisty, Alberta. The Keystone XL is dead after a 12-year attempt to complete the partially built oil pipeline. But the fight over Canadian crude rages on as emboldened environmentalists target other projects and pressure President Joe Biden to intervene. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

A series of fiery accidents occurred in the U.S. and Canada after rail shipments of crude increased during an oil boom on the Northern Plains, including a 2013 incident in which 47 people were killed after a runaway train derailed in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic.

The dispute over Keystone XL and other lines raised diplomatic tensions between the two countries, but Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau adopted a conciliatory tone with Biden, who canceled the pipeline on his first day in the White House.

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FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2014, file photo, some of more than 350 miles of pipe awaiting shipment for the Keystone XL oil pipeline project is stored at Welspun Tubular, in Little Rock, Ark.  The sponsor of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline says it's pulling the plug on the contentious project, Wednesday, June 9, 2021,  after Canadian officials failed to persuade the Biden administration to reverse its cancellation of the company's permit. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2014, file photo, some of more than 350 miles of pipe awaiting shipment for the Keystone XL oil pipeline project is stored at Welspun Tubular, in Little Rock, Ark. The sponsor of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline says it's pulling the plug on the contentious project, Wednesday, June 9, 2021, after Canadian officials failed to persuade the Biden administration to reverse its cancellation of the company's permit. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

Canada uses much less oil than it consumes, making it a huge exporter, and 98% of those exports go to the U.S., according to the Natural Resources Canada.

Trudeau raised Keystone XL as a top priority with Biden while acknowledging that the president had promised in his campaign to cancel the line.

Both leaders have taken heat at home over Keystone, with Republicans slamming Biden for shutting it down while construction was underway, costing hundreds of jobs. The project was meant to expand oil exports for Canada, which has the third-largest oil reserves in the world, and provincial officials in Alberta wanted Trudeau to do more to save it.

FILE - In this May 7, 2014, file photo, a member of the Center for Biological Diversity in polar bear costume protests the Keystone XL pipeline during a visit by then President Barack Obama for a two-day visit to Los Angeles. The sponsor of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline says it's pulling the plug on the contentious project, Wednesday, June 9, 2021,  after Canadian officials failed to persuade the Biden administration to reverse its cancellation of the company's permit. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this May 7, 2014, file photo, a member of the Center for Biological Diversity in polar bear costume protests the Keystone XL pipeline during a visit by then President Barack Obama for a two-day visit to Los Angeles. The sponsor of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline says it's pulling the plug on the contentious project, Wednesday, June 9, 2021, after Canadian officials failed to persuade the Biden administration to reverse its cancellation of the company's permit. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

The White House declined to comment on the cancellation. Spokesman Vedant Patel declined to say if Biden plans to address increased crude exports from Canada or intervene in other pipeline disputes.

Keystone pipeline canceled after Biden had blocked permit

  Keystone pipeline canceled after Biden had blocked permit Calgary-based TC Energy said it would work with government agencies “to ensure a safe termination of and exit from” the partially built line.Calgary-based TC Energy said it would work with government agencies “to ensure a safe termination of and exit from” the partially built line, which was to transport crude from the oil sand fields of western Canada to Steele City, Nebraska.

FILE - In this June 29, 2018, file photo, pipeline used to carry crude oil is shown at the Superior, Wis., terminal of Enbridge Energy.  The sponsor of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline says it's pulling the plug on the contentious project, Wednesday, June 9, 2021,  after Canadian officials failed to persuade the Biden administration to reverse its cancellation of the company's permit.  (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this June 29, 2018, file photo, pipeline used to carry crude oil is shown at the Superior, Wis., terminal of Enbridge Energy. The sponsor of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline says it's pulling the plug on the contentious project, Wednesday, June 9, 2021, after Canadian officials failed to persuade the Biden administration to reverse its cancellation of the company's permit. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

His action on Keystone “signals at least some appetite to get involved," but pipelines that have operated for years would be tougher targets, Raimi said.

Winona LaDuke, executive director of the Indigenous-based environmental group Honor the Earth, called on Biden to withdraw an Army Corps of Engineers permit for Line 3 and to order a new study.

“He could stop the project,” she said. “Don’t ask us to be nice to Enbridge. They’re all over our land. They’re hurting us.”

The Biden administration has been “disturbingly quiet” on Line 3 and the Dakota Access line, said Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club. He urged the administration to declare both unacceptable.

Fiercely opposed by Native Americans, the Dakota Access pipeline was the impetus for protests that were quashed by law enforcement. The Biden administration has not sought to stop the line, and it's still in court after a judge revoked its permit but allowed oil to keep flowing.

Alberta sank more than $1 billion into Keystone XL last year to kick-start construction. Officials in the province are considering a trade action against the U.S. to seek compensation.

Keystone XL’s price tag ballooned as the project languished, increasing from $5.4 billion to $9 billion.

Another question: What to do with pipe already in place at the U.S.-Canada border and other infrastructure along its route.

Jane Kleeb, a pipeline opponent in Nebraska, said state regulators should revoke the permit they approved for a route through the state. Otherwise, she said, TC Energy might try to sell the easements to another company.

Until the state acts, farmers and ranchers will continue to face TC Energy attorneys in court, "protecting their property from an eminent domain land grab by a foreign corporation,” she said.

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Daly reported from Washington and Flesher from Traverse City, Michigan. Rob Gillies contributed from Toronto and Grant Schulte from Omaha, Nebraska.

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