Thursday's massive oil spill in South Dakota is not a good omen for TransCanada for a favorable decision on Monday on an application before the Nebraska Public Service Commission on the routing of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.
Courtesy: Wikipedia – Keystone Pipeline Route
similar spill in the 36-inch Keystone XL pipeline, which has an 830,000 barrels-per-day capacity, would result in a much greater spill. Opponents of the Keystone XL expressed their outrage on Thursday.
"A decision by the [Public Service Commission] in favor of the pipeline doesn’t mean the project would definitely move forward," reports Paul Hammel for the Omaha World-Herald Bureau.
However, market conditions could also cause TransCanada to refrain from construction, adds Hammel.
Record-low prices for crude oil have cast doubt on whether the more expensive Canadian crude is needed. Tar sands oil is expensive to produce, and some major players have pulled out of that region because of a glut of cheaper and more easily accessed sources of oil.
Unlike the original Keystone pipeline, XL would also carry Bakken shale oil from North Dakota, also an unconventional oil but not as expensive to produce as bitumen from oil sands in Alberta.
Hat tip to Christine Elwell.
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