No Keystone? No Problem: TransCanada Pushing Another Major Tar Sands Pipeline reports Kiley Kroh at Climate Progress. The Energy East pipeline would run from Alberta to the Atlantic seaboard, and carry almost as much as the Keystone would. But Canadians are wary. Indeed, I personally overheard one Canadian worker recently observing that jobs produced would be relatively few, and gas would not get cheaper. Now where did he learn that?
With a decision on its proposed Keystone XL pipeline delayed indefinitely in the US, TransCanada Corp. is promoting another major tar sands pipeline that would carry almost as much crude as Keystone. Energy East, the most expensive pipeline in TransCanada’s history, would run from Alberta to the Atlantic seaboard, ending where terminal would be built to export the crude overseas. TransCanada said it received the long-term contracts for about 900,000 barrels of crude per day, nearly as much as the Keystone would carried. Canadians, however, question the environmental and economic impact of a pipeline transporting crude across the entire country — with much of the product intended for consumption overseas. In the province of Ontario — where pipeline approval is needed — there are major barriers regarding the pipeline’s economic and environmental ramifications. And TransCanada has a history of inflating jobs numbers, as illustrated by the Keystone Project. No matter the socioeconomic impact, tar sands production and transport has a major environmental imprint. Extracting and refining tar sands oil is much more energy intensive than conventional oil. And petroleum coke, a byproduct of tar sands, causes even more greenhouse gas pollution.
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