Civil Disobedience in Climate Action: Eight Climb Into Trees to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline

By: Monday September 24, 2012 9:33 am

A direct action group called Tar Sands Blockade has been harassing TransCanada and their efforts to build the lower half of the Keystone XL pipeline. That portion, from Cushing, Oklahoma to the port at the Gulf of Mexico in Texas, was approved by President Obama as a way to speed through to international markets what [...]

Obama Announces Expedited Review for Southern Half of Keystone XL Pipeline

By: Thursday March 22, 2012 12:20 pm

The President held his event in Cushing, Oklahoma, this morning, announcing an expedited review of the southern half of the Keystone XL pipeline, which will move oil from Cushing to refineries at Port Arthur, Texas (in all likelihood raising gas prices in parts of the Midwest). And as Oklahomans listened and Native American protesters demonstrated [...]

TransCanada Splits Off US-Only Portion of Keystone XL Project

By: Monday February 27, 2012 1:36 pm

TransCanada, the company trying to build the Keystone XL pipeline, has split off a domestic pipeline from the one that crosses a national border, moving to begin work on a pipeline from Cushing, Oklahoma to Port Arthur, Texas. The segment from Canada down to Cushing, however, will need a separate permit application and could take [...]

TransCanada: Keystone XL Pipeline Could Not Begin Until 2015 at the Earliest

By: Tuesday February 14, 2012 11:35 am

The Republican theory on the Keystone XL pipeline is that the President is holding back the immediate creation of eleventy billion jobs by refusing to give approval to a permit for construction. Under their various pieces of legislation, TransCanada, the pipeline operator, would be able to immediately begin construction and create jobs hauling tar sands [...]

Obama, State Department Officially Block Keystone XL Pipeline

By: Wednesday January 18, 2012 12:57 pm

The official rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline from the President has some interesting framing: “As the State Department made clear last month, the rushed and arbitrary deadline insisted on by Congressional Republicans prevented a full assessment of the pipeline’s impact, especially the health and safety of the American people, as well as our environment,” [...]

State Department Plans Rejection of Keystone XL Pipeline Permit

By: Wednesday January 18, 2012 9:05 am

Before Congress even passed its two-month stopgap payroll tax/UI legislation, the State Department had a warning. The bill included a mandate that the Administration give an up-or-down approval or rejection on a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline within 60 days.  The State Department said flatly that this would force them to reject the permit, [...]

Big Oil Makes Their Threat on Keystone XL

By: Thursday January 5, 2012 10:55 am

The oil industry, which has previously worked behind the scenes on urging a permit for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, is now openly threatening the President, who must decide by February 21 to accept or deny a permit for the project. The oil industry’s top lobbyist warned the Obama administration Wednesday to approve the [...]

February 21 Now Deadline for Decision on Keystone XL Pipeline

By: Monday December 26, 2011 7:35 am

The Keystone XL pipeline will now either receive or be denied its construction permit by February 21, according to the schedule worked out in the two-month stopgap deal to extend the payroll tax, unemployment insurance and the doctor’s fix. The State Department has said repeatedly that they would not be able to properly review Keystone [...]

Pipeline Purchase, Re-Routing Likely to Succeed in Getting Tar Sands Oil to Market

By: Thursday November 17, 2011 9:53 am

Enbridge, a competitor to TransCanada, announced plans to purchase a controlling interest in an existing pipeline that runs from the Gulf of Mexico to Cushing, Oklahoma, and to reverse it, in an effort to transport tar sands oil to Gulf Coast refineries. The plan would do part of what the controversial Keystone XL pipeline would [...]

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