If Jack Knox had read his own newspaper more thoroughly, he would have seen that the Keystone pipeline has been given favourable comments by the state regulator concerning the revised routing (“minimal ecological effects”) in Nebraska.
Thus, it is most likely that the project will be given Nebraska approval. This is a major hurdle that was a requirement for the Obama government’s blessing, which now is almost a certainty, given the positive impact of jobs and taxes generated by the Keystone XL pipeline project.
Knox also referred to a Northern Gateway intervener’s comments that there are “many, many other less-risky and less-toxic ways to generate economic growth.” I would be curious to know what those projects might be and why they are not being pursued. How did he evaluate the bitumen as being risky and toxic?
It should be noted that the Trans Mountain pipeline from Edmonton to Vancouver has been in operation for 60 years without any catastrophes, other than a construction accident unrelated to Kinder Morgan.
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