Canada-U.S. pipeline poses few environmental risks -- State Dept.
The $7 billion Keystone XL oil pipeline cleared a key hurdle today, as the State Department finalized an environmental review that found limited hazards from the controversial Canada-to-U.S. project.
With emotions high and evidence low, pipeline corrosion questions hound Keystone XL
OUTSIDE FORT McMURRAY, Alberta -- Hold a vial of pumped and processed oil to the light here, just before it enters the pipeline that one executive jokingly calls "the cash register," and you can see a layer of watery sediment settled at the bottom. Environmental and safety groups warn that this diluted bitumen poses a greater risk of pipeline corrosion and spills than conventional fuel or the synthetic crude also produced from the Canadian oil sands.
OIL AND GAS:
Protest makes Keystone XL newest front in climate clash
In the year since a cap-and-trade climate bill failed on Capitol Hill, a funny thing happened -- gradually but unmistakably -- to the U.S.-Canada pipeline project known as Keystone XL: It became the global warming fight's new guise. Keystone XL's ascension from little-known commodity to fodder for a marquee bout between industry groups and environmentalists is set to start its last leg tomorrow, as green advocates converge on the White House for a two-week demonstration against the $7 billion proposal.
OIL AND GAS:
Reclaimed dump sparks oil sands sustainability debate
WOOD BUFFALO, Alberta -- Along the verdant knolls and shallow streams of Wapisiw Lookout, foxes scamper and raptors nest amid newly planted trees. If not for the refinery flares in the distance and the checkpoint that screens visitors to Wapisiw, one might forget that the grassy 550-acre landscape spent the past four decades as a waste pond for Canada's largest energy company.