STAFF BLOG THE N.D. CAPITOL AND BEYOND Cramer calls Waxman comments "disturbing"
The following is a news release sent out by Kevin Cramer tonight: (Side note: Waxman is a Democrat from California)
North Dakota Public Service Commission Chairman Kevin Cramer today called Congr... Posted on 7/8/10 at 4:17 PM
Nearly 85,000 trees and shrubs will be planted in North Dakota over the next three years, as part of the mitigation phase of the eastern North Dakota portion of the $12 billion Keystone Pipeline project.
The steel is staged, and crews are waiting to lay the last and most expensive leg of TransCanada Corp.'s multibillion-dollar pipeline network that would carry Canadian oil to refineries along the Gulf Coast. Yet final U.S. government approval for the massive project, once assumed to be on a fast track, is now delayed indefinitely, with little official explanation. The company had hoped to begin laying pipe by the end of the year, but those prospects have dimmed.
James MacPherson and Josh Funk
, October 17, 2010
A North Dakota environmental group wants government regulators to investigate whether a Canadian company used faulty steel in the construction of a pipeline that moves crude oil from Canada through six states.
TransCanada executives said today they will consider letting Montana and North Dakota crude oil onto a proposed pipeline to the Gulf of Mexico, after hearing demand for such a project from U.S. oil producers.
The governor and oil industry leaders will talk with TransCanada about possible connections for local producers to the company’s Keystone XL Pipeline, which will carry crude from Alberta to refineries in Texas.
Construction of the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline is virtually completed in North Dakota, and crews are moving out of construction yards, including one near Mekinock, N.D., near Grand Forks Air Force Base.
North Dakota regulators want to assess the Keystone Pipeline another $50,000 siting fee, saying it's a complex project. The PSC originally assessed the pipeline company $100,000 to pay for inspections.
The Pembina Gorge and the Tetrault Woods State Forest are areas of great natural beauty and are important resources to the state of North Dakota and the region. Recognition of these special qualities and the environmental sensitivity of the area have been important elements in the planning for construction of TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline. In fact, it was recognition of this sensitivity that prompted TransCanada, the State Forest Service and others to call for use of horizontal drilling to install the pipeline in this area rather than traditional open trenching.
The extremely heavy snowfall on the Sheyenne River watershed east of the Keystone pipeline portends a heavy runoff, which in the past has washed out the township road that is a primary mail route. The remaining frontage road east is easily blocked by heavy snow because there is no routine clearing of it. If this township road washes out, who will keep the frontage road open? This must be planned for before the washout, not after.
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