Keystone XL's 'death by paper cuts'Chris Woodward - OneNewsNow - 3/9/2012 9:50:00 AM
The democratic-controlled Senate has rejected a Republican bid to expedite
approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. But a communications professional
says that's not the whole story.
Rick Manning of Americans for Limited Government (ALG),
a non-partisan network committed to a advancing free-market reforms,
says even if the Obama administration reverses course on the pipeline,
environmental leftist organizations are poised to shut it down.
"There's a group called Advocates for the West based in Boise, Idaho, [that] is using a local, aggressive legal strategy saying You can't use the roads in Idaho or Montana
through lawsuits, based upon the fact that they are using them for
transporting heavy equipment up to Alberta, Canada, in order to make it
so they can't actually pull the oil out of the ground," Manning
explains.He calls it a "classic 'not-in-my-backyard' strategy."
"What we see continually in these kinds of situations is death by a
thousand paper cuts -- you get a lawsuit in local jurisdiction, you get a
lawsuit at state level, [and] you get another lawsuit on a totally
different issue," the ALG communications director details. "It
effectively ties up a development project."
TransCanada, the company behind the Keystone XL pipeline, is moving
forward with the southern portion of the project, which runs from
Cushing, Oklahoma, to refineries along the Gulf Coast. Meanwhile,
TransCanada spokesman Terry Cunha has told OneNewsNow that
the company is still working on a reroute of the pipeline to avoid the
so-called "ecologically sensitive" areas of Nebraska, as that is a major
issue with some of the pipeline's opponents.
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