Protest events seen as ‘new normal’ for Keystone XL opponents

Proponents of the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline said opponents’ increasingly frequent protest events represent a “new normal” in efforts to keep the pipeline from Alberta’s oil sands to US Gulf Coast refineries from being built.

“I think it’s because they’re seeing a higher level of public engagement as more people express their support for this project,” US Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said during a North American Energy Security Dialogue at the Canadian Embassy on Oct. 23.

“I believe these protests will continue,” said Michael Whatley, executive vice-president of the Consumer Alliance, which co-hosted the event with the Canadian National Petroleum Alliance, Capital Power, and TransCanada Corp., Keystone XL’s sponsor, as well as the embassy.

“The Sierra Club and other environmental organizations say they want to see us quit using fossil fuels,” Whatley said, adding, “I think it will happen eventually, but we’re going to need oil and gas to keep energy affordable and our economy growing until then.”

Richard Neufeld, a Liberal member of Canada’s senate from Peace River, BC, said, “I think these groups help keep our feet to the fire, and there’s value in that. But they’re sometimes not scientifically accurate. I believe we be more active in reaching out to the younger generation because it’s being fed information that’s sometimes questionable.”

Four hours later, officials from the Sierra Club, 350.org, Friends of the Earth, and similar organizations announced they would stage a rally on Oct. 24 outside a Center for American Progress meeting which US Sec. of State John F. Kerry was expected to attend. The US State Department is preparing a final environmental impact statement on Keystone XL’s revised application for a cross-border permit.

Transportation safety

“I hope the high water mark has been reached, and leaders and the public realize that Alberta’s heavy oil will be produced and transported,” said Association of Oil Pipe Lines Pres. Andrew J. Black. “The safety of all crude oil transportation modes has been increasing. Governments on both sides of the border have been working on this.”

Ted Morton, a former Alberta energy minister, said, “Stopping Keystone XL won’t stop production from the oil sands. Approving it won’t materially increase greenhouse gas emissions. The road to North American’s energy future runs through Alberta’s oil sands. A key fact is that no US state would ever have to send its national guard to Alberta.”

Washington Rep. Jeff Morris (D-Anacortes) said his district has two of the state’s four refineries, and they are using more Alberta crude, which arrives by pipeline, as well as Bakken crude, which comes by rail. He said he has urged Gov. Jay Inslee (D) to meet with Alberta Premier Allison Redford and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark to discuss ways to produce more of the region’s natural resources while protecting the environment.

“Vast energy resources in Canada are trying to reach markets,” Morris said. “We’re in the middle of a new industrial revolution without a coherent energy plan. It would be in all our interests for North America to have a good energy strategy.”

US Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) said his district is bigger than South Carolina and includes the Niobrara tight oil field. “A dollar invested there gets you a better return than anywhere else in the country because it’s primarily private land with easier access,” he said. “Weld County, the largest in my district, has no debt because of all the revenue oil production has provided.”

US House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (D-Wash.), meanwhile, noted, “Any growing economy needs energy. When you look at the world’s potential energy resources, fossil fuels are dominant. They’re not going to go away.”

Contact Nick Snow at nicks@pennwell.com.

Related Articles

EPA approves Magellan’s Corpus Christi splitter project

12/12/2014 The US Environmental Protection Agency has issued a final greenhouse gas prevention of significant deterioration construction permit to Magellan Pr...

Keyera to take majority interest in Alberta gas plant

12/12/2014 Keyera Corp., Calgary, will pay $65 million (Can.) to buy a 70.79% ownership interest in the Ricinus deep-cut gas plant in west-central Alberta.

PBF Energy, PBF Logistics make management changes

12/12/2014 Matthew Lucey, currently executive vice-president of PBF Energy Inc., will succeed Michael Gayda as the company’s president. Todd O’Malley, current...

TAEP: TPI still peaking, but ‘contraction unavoidable’ as oil prices fall

12/12/2014 The Texas Petro Index (TPI), a composite index based on a comprehensive group of upstream economic indicators released by the Texas Alliance of Ene...

MARKET WATCH: NYMEX crude oil price extends slump

12/12/2014 Crude oil prices extended their slump on the New York market with a Dec. 11 settlement of less than $60/bbl for January, and prices continued downw...

US needs more data before ending crude export ban, House panel told

12/11/2014 Much more environmental impact information is needed before the US can reasonably remove crude oil export limits, a witness told a House Energy and...

BOEM raises offshore oil spill liability limit to $134 million

12/11/2014 The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management increased the liability limit for oil-spill related damages from offshore operations to $134 million from ...

Rosneft, Essar sign terms of oil supply agreement

12/11/2014 OAO Rosneft and Essar Energy PLC have signed key terms of an oil supply agreement in New Delhi. Rosneft said shipments to India may begin in 2015.

Barton introduces bill to remove US crude export limits

12/11/2014

US Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) introduced legislation that would remove US crude oil export limits that have been in place for nearly 40 years.

White Papers

AVEVA NET Accesses and Manages the Digital Asset

Global demand for new process plants, power plants and infrastructure is increasing steadily with the ...
Sponsored by

AVEVA’s Approach for the Digital Asset

To meet the requirements for leaner project execution and more efficient operations while transferring...
Sponsored by

Diversification - the technology aspects

In tough times, businesses seek to diversify into adjacent markets or to apply their skills and resour...
Sponsored by

Engineering & Design for Lean Construction

Modern marketing rhetoric claims that, in order to cut out expensive costs and reduce risks during the...
Sponsored by

Object Lessons - Why control of engineering design at the object level is essential for efficient project execution

Whatever the task, there is usually only one way to do it right and many more to do it wrong. In the c...
Sponsored by

Plant Design for Lean Construction - at your fingertips

One area which can provide improvements to the adoption of Lean principles is the application of mobil...
Sponsored by

How to Keep Your Mud System Vibrator Hose from Getting Hammered to Death

To prevent the vibrating hoses on your oilfield mud circulation systems from failing, you must examine...
Sponsored by

Duty of Care

Good corporate social responsibility means implementing effective workplace health and safety measures...
Sponsored by

Available Webcasts


On Demand

Optimizing your asset management practices to mitigate the effects of a down market

Thu, Dec 11, 2014

The oil and gas market is in constant flux, and as the price of BOE (Barrel of Oil Equivalent) goes down it is increasingly important to optimize your asset management strategy to stay afloat.  Attend this webinar to learn how developing a solid asset management plan can help your company mitigate costs in any market.

register:WEBCAST


Parylene Conformal Coatings for the Oil & Gas Industry

Thu, Nov 20, 2014

In this concise 30-minute webinar, participants have an opportunity to learn more about how Parylene coatings are applied, their features, and the value they add to devices and components.

register:WEBCAST


Utilizing Predictive Analytics to Optimize Productivity in Oil & Gas Operations

Tue, Nov 18, 2014

Join IBM on Tuesday, November 18 @ 1pm CST to explore how Predictive Analytics can help your organization maximize productivity, operational performance & associated processes to drive enterprise wide productivity and profitability.

register:WEBCAST


US HYDROCARBON EXPORTS Part 3 — LNG

Fri, Nov 14, 2014

US LNG Exports, the third in a trilogy of webcasts focusing on the broad topic of US Hydrocarbon Exports.

A discussion of the problems and potential for the export of US-produced liquefied natural gas.

These and other topics will be discussed, with the latest thoughts on U.S. LNG export policy.

register:WEBCAST


Careers at TOTAL

Careers at TOTAL - Videos

More than 600 job openings are now online, watch videos and learn more!

 

Click Here to Watch

Other Oil & Gas Industry Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>
Stay Connected