Canada column for Sunday, Nov. 19/17
THE CANADIAN REPORT
(c) By Jim Fox
It couldn’t have come at a worse time as the original Keystone pipeline sprung a big leak in the United States.
TransCanada Corp. said the Keystone pipeline leaked about 210,000 gallons of oil near Amherst, South Dakota.
The incident happened just days before the Nebraska Public Service Commission is to decide the fate of an $8-billion plan to expand the pipeline network.
The cause of the spill is not known but it is something that environmentalists have warned could happen and they continue to oppose the plans.
TransCanada wants to route the pipeline more directly from Alberta into Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska to connect with existing lines to Texas Gulf Coast refineries.
Nebraska’s commissioners are to vote on the project Monday as the last major regulatory hurdle since President Donald Trump gave the go-ahead to the pipeline that was rejected by then-President Barack Obama.
A cleanup is under way and the pipeline has been closed for repairs.
“This is exactly the kind of disaster we can expect more of if Keystone XL is approved,” said the environmental group 350.org.