While the XL Keystone Pipeline decision to do yet another study, may be a set back for Trans Canada Pipelines, it could be a boost to U.S. based Enbridge, which has the contract to build a northern pipeline to Kitimat, British Columbia. A TransCanada Lobbyist says there is dismay that this decision stemmed from a couple of senior advisers in the White House. The Obama Administration, is prepared to kick 20,000 jobs in the ditch, to save one – Barack Obama’s.
“I sincerely hope that the State Department made this decision based on science and evidence and not rhetoric and hyperbole from very well-organized interest groups,”she said
Trans Canada Pipelines, which has invested $1.9 Billion in the project says it will cost another $1.9 Billion to study alternate routes. The company however is confident that the project will be approved in the end.
“We remain confident Keystone XL will ultimately be approved.”
“This project is too important to the U.S. economy, the Canadian economy and the national interest of the United States for it not to proceed.
“Supplies of heavy crude from Venezuela and Mexico to U.S. refineries will soon end,” said Girling. “If Keystone XL is continually delayed, these refiners may have to look for other ways of getting the oil they need. Oil sands producers face the same dilemma – how to get their crude oil to the Gulf Coast.”
Girling points out TransCanada has worked with the State Department for the past three years to ensure Keystone XL would be the safest pipeline ever built.
Since 2008, more than 100 open houses and public meetings in six States took place, thousands of pages of supplemental information and responses to . TransCanada Website
Last week Trans Canada said if the project died, Americans would wake up still importing 10 Million barrels of oil from repressive nations without the benefits of jobs and long term energy security.
A lobbyist for TransCanada expressed dismay about the decision, saying it stemmed from “a couple of senior advisers” in the White House.
“It’s breathtaking; the White House’s political operation gave in to the protesters, going completely outside the national interest and the three-year permit process that’s been a painstaking one,” the lobbyist, who asked not to be identified, told The Canadian Press.
“The ballsier thing would have been to either approve it or deny it, but to kick the can again is actually more difficult for the president politically. There’s 20,000 jobs on the table and they did this to save one — Barack Obama’s.”
The White House was reportedly increasingly concerned that the Canadian pipeline would cost Obama much-needed votes in the election. Environmentalists within his liberal base had vowed to stay home if he gave Keystone XL the green light.
If anyone had any doubts about the Presidents’ motivation, this should give them food for thought. If the lobbyists’ statement is factual, the President is prepared to kick the can down the road and tamper with the economy at the expense of jobs of saving his own.