While all eyes are on TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline, another Canadian company is quietly building a 5,000-mile network of new and expanded pipelines that would achieve the same goal as the Keystone, reports Lisa Song at InsideClimate News. In fact, the project by Enbridge, Inc., Canada’s largest transporter of crude oil, would bring even more Canadian oil into the U.S. than the much-debated Keystone project. Enbridge has already begun growing its existing pipeline infrastructure to increase the flow of Canadian and U.S.-produced oil into refineries and ports in the Midwest, Gulf Coast and Northeastern Canada. The company’s plans have largely escaped public scrutiny, in part because its expansion has proceeded in many segments and phases. The essential development is the expansion of Line 67, which currently ships up to 450,000 barrels of oil daily. Enbridge wants to increase that figure to 570,000, and possibly to 880,000 in the future. That’s larger than the Keystone XL’s proposed daily capacity of 830,000 barrels. Like the Keystone pipeline the project needs a presidential permit from the State Department, which is starting to review public comments on the project.
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Another major tar sands pipeline seeking US permit. Canadian energy giant Enbridge is quietly building a 5,000-mile network of new and expanded pipelines that would achieve the same goal as the Keystone. Inside Climate News http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20130603/map-another-major-tar-sands-pipeline-seeking-us-permit