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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Mar 2, 2013 12:45 AM Flag

    Keystone XL won't boost oilsands growth, U.S. State Dept. says VIDEO

    Pipeline no greater risk than other methods of transport, official says

    CBC News Posted: Mar 1, 2013 3:27 PM ET Last Updated: Mar 1, 2013 5:57 PM ET Read 379 comments379

    Building the northern leg of TransCanada's controversial Keystone XL pipeline won't have a major impact on Alberta's oilsands development, the U.S. State Department says — a finding that might make it easier for the White House to approve the controversial project.

    A State Department official said the pipeline "remains unlikely to significantly impact the rate of development of the oilsands or the demand for heavy crude oil in the United States."

    Building the northern leg of TransCanada's controversial Keystone XL pipeline won't have a major impact on Alberta's oilsands development, the U.S. State Department says — a finding that might make it easier for the White House to approve the controversial project.

    A State Department official said the pipeline "remains unlikely to significantly impact the rate of development of the oilsands or the demand for heavy crude oil in the United States."

    Kerri-Ann Jones, an assistant secretary with the department, said the pipeline doesn't pose any greater risks to the environment than any other modes of transportation.

    The State Department has now given that new route its blessing, too, despite claims by environmentalists that the risks to the Sand Hills region of the state remained dire.

    "The new proposed route is 509 miles [835 km] shorter than the previously proposed route; however, it would be approximately 21 miles [34 km] longer in Nebraska to avoid sensitive areas including the … Sand Hills region," the lengthy report reads.

    The department's findings represent the clearing of a significant hurdle for TransCanada in its marathon bid to win approval from the Obama administration.

    Finding 'at odds' with scientists'
    The State Department, tasked with

    cbcDOTca/news/business/story/2013/03/01/keystone-review.html

 
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