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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Jun 20, 2013 9:15 AM Flag

    Pipe waits on the prairie as Keystone XL debate rages almost 5 years

    Pipe waits on the prairie as Keystone XL debate rages almost 5 years

    By Deena Winter / June 19, 2013 / 15 Comments

    LIMBO: Some 230 miles of pipe has been sitting in this pasture near Gascoyne, N.D., since 2011 as the debate rages over the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

    By Deena Winter | Nebraska Watchdog

    LINCOLN – South Dakota rancher Bret Clanton heard a Canadian oil pipeline company, TransCanada, was stockpiling pipe across the border in North Dakota. In 2011 he drove from his ranch to take a look.

    At the top of a hill east of Scranton, N.D. — near a ghost town named Gascoyne — trucks unloaded pipe into a pasture. That field is now filled with rows and rows of mostly aqua-green pipe, some stamped with the words “made in Canada.” It’s where the pipe has sat ever since, waiting for the Obama administration to give the green light so it can be buried in American soil, filled with oil from Alberta, Canada and sent to Texas refineries.

    The future of the 230 or so miles of unused pipe in rural North Dakota has caused consternation for environmentalists, libertarians, union workers, oil companies, farmers, ranchers, governors and politicians — from the lowliest county commissioner to the president.

    Should a Canadian company be allowed to put 1,179 miles of this pipe in the ground and run 830,000 barrels of oil per day through it?

    The question has vexed America since TransCanada applied for its permits in September 2008. Clanton is deeply interested in the outcome, since three miles of the pipeline would cross his cattle ranch near Buffalo, S.D.

    Clanton occasionally visits the pipe yard and takes pictures of the pipe – a pile so big he can’t fit it in one frame. He figures TransCanada chose Gascoyne as a storage spot because it has a railroad spur once used for a coal mine. The few times Clanton visited the pipe yard and taken photos, a little white pickup stopped by to keep watch.

    “You could drive right in the middle of it if you wanted,” Clanton said. “I don

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