TransCanada has to do something with all that pipe they stockpiled for the doomed Keystone XL. So now they want to build a pipeline to carry oil from the Bakken in North Dakota up to Canada:
TransCanada Corp. will hold three open house events next week along the route of the proposed Upland Pipeline, which would carry up to 300,000 barrels of oil per day.
The pipeline would travel 126 miles in North Dakota, beginning about 15 miles southwest of Williston and heading northeast to Burke County, N.D., where it crosses the Canadian border near Flaxton, N.D.
The project is slated to be in service by the end of 2020 if it gets approved by the U.S. State Department, Canada’s National Energy Board and the North Dakota Public Service Commission [Amy Dalrymple, “Proposed Pipeline Would Carry Oil to Canada,” Forum News Service via Prairie Business, 2016.04.04].
Holy reversal, Batman! Mike Rounds was telling us we had to build Keystone XL to bring more oil to the United States, and now TransCanada is telling us he had it completely bass-ackwards.
I can only assume thatRounds and his Republican friends will see the Upland Pipeline as a grave threat to our domestic oil supply and will urge President Obama to block TransCanada’s effort to ship our oil out of our country and away from our refineries and gas tanks.