Friday, January 31, 2014

Keystone Report Said Likely to Disappoint Foes on Climate

The Hardisty tank farm, which includes the TransCanada Corp. Hardisty Terminal 1, stands in Hardisty, Alberta, Canada. (Credit: Brett Gundlock/Bloomberg) Click to enlarge.
The U.S. State Department is preparing a report that will probably disappoint environmental groups and opponents of the Keystone pipeline, according to people who have been briefed on the draft of the document.

While the report will deviate from a March draft in some ways to the liking of environmentalists, the changes won’t be as sweeping as they had sought, several people familiar with the government’s deliberations over the review told Bloomberg News.  Changes could still be made to the report before its release, which may come tomorrow.

The March report concluded that the Canada-U.S. oil pipeline would have only a minimal impact on carbon emissions, because the oil sands in Alberta will be developed anyway.  Several people briefed on the findings, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations, said they expect the final report will track that conclusion.

Keystone XL Report Said Likely to Disappoint Pipeline Opponents

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