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  • gfo99 gfo99 Aug 3, 2013 8:40 AM Flag

    Update on Keystone Pipeline

    Published on Friday, August 2, 2013 by Common Dreams
    Going East! Transcanada to Build Tar Sands Pipeline to Atlantic
    'They're in for a fight' say environmentalists on both sides of the US/Canada border
    - Jon Queally, staff writer

    With the passage of the Keystone XL pipeline uncertain and under financial pressure to find export terminals so to justify expansion of vast tar sands operations in Alberta, the Canadian pipeline company—with backing from the Harper government— announced on Thursday that it will seek to build an enormous eastward pipeline so it can bring what critics call "the world's dirtiest fuel" to market.

    Environmentalists and citizens groups in Canada were swift to promise "fierce opposition" to the proposal.

    Called the "East Energy Pipeline," the $12 billion project would connect with existing pipeline networks in Quebec province and will be able to move up to 1.1 million barrels of tar sands oil a day up and over the northeastern United States to the coast of New Brunswick.

    The new project, according to TransCanada's CEO Russ Girling, is not intended to signal that the company has given up on building Keystone but shows it is willing (and able) to push for multiple pipelines at any given time.

    “What we know in North America is production is continuing to grow,” Mr. Girling said at a news conference in Calgary. “The marketplace needs both of these pipelines and probably more.”

    Joe Oliver, Canada’s natural resources minister, welcomed the TransCanada announcement and said the Canadian government would offer its full support.

    “Our government welcomes the prospect of transporting Canadian crude oil from Western Canada to consumers and refineries in Eastern Canada and ultimately to new markets abroad,” Oliver said in a statement.

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    • Published on Friday, August 2, 2013 by Common Dreams
      Tens of Thousands of Pipeline Miles at Risk of Pegasus-Style Rupture That Spewed Tar Sands Into Arkansas Town
      Review of Pegasus pipeline found known 'manufacturing defects' likely cause of Mayflower oil spill
      - Lauren McCauley,

      Workers remove the ruptured portion of Exxon's Pegasus pipeline. (Screenshot: ABC Channel 7 News)The March 29 rupture of Exxon Mobil's Pegasus pipeline—which flooded a Mayflower, Arkansas neighborhood with over 200,000 gallons of tar sands oil—was likely caused by known "manufacturing defects," with grave implications for the tens of thousands of similarly built pipelines still in the ground and operating, according to a review released Thursday.

      An examination of the 70-year-old Pegasus pipeline and its 22-foot-gash found that the pipeline failure "resulted from an original manufacturing defect of the electronic resistance welded (ERW) pipe," according to a spokesman from the Hurst Metallurgical Research Laboratory.

      Citing an ongoing investigation, both Exxon and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) waited nearly a month after receiving the report before releasing the details to Arkansas newspaper Log Cabin Democrat Thursday.

      Implications of the report are significant as it shows that pipelines "similarly manufactured, and in the same era as the ruptured line in Mayflower, are inferior and susceptible to failure," the Democrat reports.

      A pipeline industry insider who declined to be named told Common Dreams that there are "tens of thousands of miles of pipeline in the ground and operating from the approximate vintage" as the Pegasus pipeline.

      "The fact of the matter is, any pre-1970s pipeline was manufactured with old technologies," John Tynan, Watershed Protection Manager with Central Arkansas Water, told Common Dreams.

      "The only way to eliminate their risk is to completely remove the pipelines and shut down the operation," he added.

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