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    Default After the Keystone XL Approval, Here’s What’s Next for the Climate Movement

    We were talking about pipelines after church Sunday. A few of my friends in the town I live in have pipelines running through their property carrying jet fuel. Sure glad I live in the hills above the town with solid rock on my property. We really need to find a better way.
    After months of public hearings and deliberation, Nebraska’s Public Service commission on November 20 approved a route for the Keystone XL pipeline in a 3-2 decision. The years-running fight against the controversial infrastructure project, however, is far from over: Organizers up and down the project’s route are already lining up to stop it, whether in courts or on construction sites. And whether Keystone XL ends up getting built or not, the battle against it has already changed the way Americans relate to the fossil fuel industry.
    The Keystone battle gave the climate fight a much-needed shot in the arm following the collapse of both UN climate negotiations in Copenhagen in 2009 and Waxman-Markey, the doomed cap-and-trade trading bill filled with giveaways to polluters. Big green groups had invested in these behind-closed-doors processes for years, all while the physics behind global warming seemed to be looking bleaker by the week. A 2013 post-mortem of Waxman-Markey by political sociologist Theda Skocpol found that several of the groups pushing for that legislation systematically disinvested from grassroots organizing, doubling down on lobbying staff in Washington for the sake of getting a bill passed by any means necessary.
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    Default Re: After the Keystone XL Approval, Here’s What’s Next for the Climate Movement

    Not so fast. Seems the court has blocked the Nebraska route.

    Court Rules Environmental Review of Keystone XL’s Nebraska Route Was Insufficient
    August 16, 2018 - Environmental, landowner, and Tribal Nation plaintiffs scored a significant win in their case against TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline Wednesday after a federal court ruled that the U.S. Department of State had cut corners when approving the project’s Nebraska route.
    “Today’s ruling is a victory for clean water, climate, and communities that would be threatened by the Keystone XL pipeline,” said Doug Hayes, a senior attorney with the Sierra Club, a plaintiff in the case.
    U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris ruled that the fast-tracked environmental assessment of the pipeline’s alternative “Mainline Alternative Route” was not legally sufficient. The State Department must now conduct a more robust Environmental Impact Statement if it wishes to proceed.
    https://www.nrdc.org/experts/nrdc/co...m_campaign=KXL
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    Default Re: After the Keystone XL Approval, Here’s What’s Next for the Climate Movement

    I'll just let the story speak for itself.

    Judge blocks Keystone XL pipeline
    A federal judge blocked the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline Thursday, saying the Trump administration’s justification for approving it last year was incomplete.
    In a major victory for environmentalists and indigenous rights groups, Judge Brian Morris of the District Court for the District of Montana overturned President Trump’s permit for the Canada-to-Texas pipeline, which the president signed shortly after taking office last year.
    Morris’s ruling repeatedly faulted the Trump administration for reversing former President Obama’s 2015 denial of the pipeline permit without proper explanation. He said the State Department “simply discarded” climate change concerns related to the project.
    The decision once again throws into doubt the future of the 1,179-mile Keystone XL, which for much of the decade since its proposal by TransCanada Corp. has been a lightning rod in national energy policy.
    https://thehill.com/policy/energy-en...ne-xl-pipeline
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    Default Re: After the Keystone XL Approval, Here’s What’s Next for the Climate Movement

    https://thehill.com/policy/energy-en...of-keystone-xl

    Trump on Friday signed a presidential permit to jump-start construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline with a facility in Montana, a move seen as a way to circumvent previous court orders halting development.

    The permit authorizes energy company TransCanada Corp. to “construct, connect, operate, and maintain” pipeline facilities between the U.S. and Canada.
    IIRC one of the problems was going thru Nebraska, which I've been hearing that it is mostly under water now. I'm sure Dementia Don has a plan for that too.
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    Default Re: After the Keystone XL Approval, Here’s What’s Next for the Climate Movement

    The Montana injunction has been lifted, but the Nebraska challenge is still awaiting a decision.

    Keystone XL Pipeline Inches Forward as Order Blocking Work Is Lifted
    TC Energy Corp.’s $8 billion Keystone XL crude oil pipeline is inching forward after a court injunction that stopped work on the project was been lifted.
    An order issued by a Montana judge barring certain pre-construction activities was dissolved July 29, according to the Canadian company. That followed a June ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that a new presidential permit negated challenges to the project’s earlier approval, TC Energy said Aug. 1 in its second-quarter earnings statement.
    The victory is only a partial win for TC Energy and the Keystone XL project, which would ship more crude from Canada’s oil sands to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast. TC Energy said in May it was already too late to start major construction activity this year. The project also still faces a legal challenge in Nebraska, and a decision on that matter is due this quarter, TC said Aug. 1.
    https://www.ttnews.com/articles/keys...ng-work-lifted

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    Default Re: After the Keystone XL Approval, Here’s What’s Next for the Climate Movement

    Nebraska supreme court ruled the route choice is valid. Read the post above, #5.

    Keystone XL Clears Hurdle as Nebraska Court Approves Route
    TC Energy Corp.’s long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline cleared a significant legal hurdle as the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled that regulators’ approval of the conduit’s route through the state was valid.
    The court found there was sufficient evidence to support the Nebraska Public Service Commission’s decision that an alternative route for the pipeline was in the public interest, according to a ruling released Aug. 23.
    The ruling removes a key roadblock to construction of the $8 billion pipeline, which has been on the drawing board for a decade. But challenges remain: The project is still tied up in a legal battle in Montana over its Army Corps of Engineers permits, and TC Energy said it has missed the window for starting major construction this year. The company has yet to officially declare it will build the pipeline.
    The 1,200-mile pipeline would help carry 830,000 more barrels of crude a day from Alberta’s oil sands to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries, providing relief from the pipeline shortage that has hampered Canada’s oil industry. The project has been a top target of environmentalists, who argue that the pipeline would contribute to catastrophic climate change by allowing more production from the oil sands.
    https://www.ttnews.com/articles/keys...approves-route
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    Default Re: After the Keystone XL Approval, Here’s What’s Next for the Climate Movement

    Seems the recent Nebraska court ruling doesn't mean construction will start. There are still many obstacles to cross first.

    Nebraska Ruling Does Not Clear Path for Keystone XL
    While Nebraska Supreme Court’s recent ruling ends a challenge to Keystone XL’s proposed route through the state, TransCanada’s (TC Energy’s) tar sands pipeline proposal still faces many significant obstacles. Last week’s ruling deprives Nebraska’s landowners and members of the Ponca and Yankton Sioux tribes along Keystone XL’s route the opportunity to engage in a public process established by the state’s pipeline siting law to have their concerns addressed. However, it does not clear the way for the embattled tar sands pipeline. The proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline still faces three federal lawsuits, the need to secure additional federal and state permits, and a growing global political and economic consensus that we cannot afford to increase the production of carbon intensive tar sands oil.
    These legal challenges to Keystone XL respond to the Trump Administration’s efforts to circumvent our nation’s environmental safeguards and avoid the government’s legal duty to consider the potential impacts of Keystone XL. And as has occurred many times since the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline was proposed 11 years ago, efforts by TransCanada—and later by the Trump Administration—to create shortcuts and circumvent legal processes have ultimately led to more delay.
    https://www.nrdc.org/experts/anthony...th-keystone-xl
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    Default Re: After the Keystone XL Approval, Here’s What’s Next for the Climate Movement

    No matter where the pipeline goes, it can leak.
    I don't know how old this section of pipe is, but for it to leak already doesn't bode well for the rest of the line.
    This isn't the first leak on the Keystone. It won't be the last either.

    Keystone pipeline leaks oil in northeastern North Dakota
    A pipeline that carries tar sands oil from Canada through seven states has leaked an unknown amount of crude oil over more than quarter-mile swath in northeastern North Dakota, state environmental regulators said Wednesday.
    State Environmental Quality Chief Dave Glatt told The Associated Press that regulators were notified late Tuesday night of the leak near Edinburg, in Walsh County. Glatt said pipeline owner TC Energy shut down the pipeline after the leak was detected. The cause of the spill is under investigation.
    State regulators were on the scene Wednesday afternoon, and they estimated that the area of the spill was 1,500 feet long by 15 feet wide. Glatt said some wetlands were affected, but not any sources of drinking water.
    The company was still working to contain the spill Wednesday afternoon.
    In 2017, the pipeline leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil onto agricultural land in northeastern South Dakota, in a rural area near the North Dakota border.
    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/keyst...l&uh_test=1_02

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    Default Re: After the Keystone XL Approval, Here’s What’s Next for the Climate Movement

    Quote Originally Posted by fxstc07 View Post
    No matter where the pipeline goes, it can leak.
    I don't know how old this section of pipe is, but for it to leak already doesn't bode well for the rest of the line.
    This isn't the first leak on the Keystone. It won't be the last either.

    Keystone pipeline leaks oil in northeastern North Dakota




    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/keyst...l&uh_test=1_02
    We just keep contaminating this planet of ours and the very ones doing this will be the ones to cry when it cannot sustain life anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fxstc07 View Post
    No matter where the pipeline goes, it can leak.
    I don't know how old this section of pipe is, but for it to leak already doesn't bode well for the rest of the line.
    This isn't the first leak on the Keystone. It won't be the last either.

    Keystone pipeline leaks oil in northeastern North Dakota




    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/keyst...l&uh_test=1_02
    Another article on the massive leak. Upsetting is not a strong enough word. I would say devastating......

    Oil pipeline spill ravages North Dakota
    Environmentalists were outraged but not at all surprised to learn Thursday that the Keystone pipeline sprung yet another massive leak, this time spilling 383,000 gallons of crude oil in North Dakota.

    “I wish I could say I was shocked, but a major spill from the Keystone pipeline is exactly what multiple experts predicted would happen,” Greenpeace USA senior research specialist Tim Donaghy said in a statement. “In fact, this is the fourth significant spill from the Keystone pipeline in less than ten years of operation. History has shown us time and again that there is no safe way to transport fossil fuels, and pipelines are no exception.”

    As 350.org founder Bill McKibben tweeted in response to the leak, “It happens over and over and over and over and over.”
    Catherine Collentine, associate director of Sierra Club’s Beyond Dirty Fuels initiative, said “this is not the first time this pipeline has spilled toxic tar sands, and it won’t be the last.”

    “We’ve always said it’s not a question of whether a pipeline will spill, but when,” said Collentine, “and once again TC Energy has made our case for us.”
    https://www.peoplesworld.org/article...-north-dakota/
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