The form Hall refers to is a T4 permit application filed with the Texas Railroad Commission. In a recent Texas Supreme Court case, Texas Rice Land Partners, Ltd. and Mike Latta vs. Denbury Green Pipeline-Texas LLC , the court effectively revoked the eminent domain authority of the pipeline builder, holding that "Private property cannot be imperiled... by checking a certain box on a one-page government form." In order to be a common carrier, a company needs to satisfy the question if it is purposed for public use....
Why is an Indian company involved in the Keystone pipeline??
TransCanada Corp., the corporate sponsor behind Keystone, actually admits that if its tar sands oil is piped down to our Gulf Coast refineries, it would be shipped overseas for a more attractive price than it could garner here. So much for the Keystone supporters' contention that the project would ease our dependency on oil imports from unstable parts of the world. We are talking essentially about a sweetheart deal for TransCanada.
"We see these as listening sessions," said Kerri-Ann Jones, assistant secretary for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, a State Department agency. "We want to listen and hear what people have to say."
Environmentalists say the job-creation claims are inflated and warn that the pipeline would lock the nation into the use of carbon-intensive oil sands crude for years. They said their support for Obama's reelection campaign this year depended on his rejection of the pipeline.
Tar sands companies are cutting corners and pushing for the same type of safety waivers that we've seen with the BP Gulf oil disaster Big Oil wants to pump tar sands oil through a massive pipeline at pressure that exceed the normal limits and through thinner pipes and have failed to outline a public emergency plan
The Syncrude Tailings Dam holds the highest volume of material of any dam in the world: 540,000,000 cubic meters. This dam holds tailings from oil sands extraction; 500,000 tons of tailings are produced each day.
Tailings ponds and the middlings go through a secondary separation process where an additional 2-4% of the bitumen is removed as froth. The froth is then diluted with naphtha ....