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Trains roll from Canada to Gulf to fill void left by failed Keystone pipeline

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posted on Mar, 20 2012 @ 02:46 PM
Trains roll from Canada to Gulf to fill void left by failed Keystone pipeline

All aboard !!

Canadian oil is moving by rail instead of the (would be) Keystone Pipeline extension.

Canadian Pacific Railways has been moving 2500% more oil than in 2009.
Yes, that's 25 times more !
(8.5 million barrels per year from just 325,000)

And it looks like a barrel of oil costs $5 to $10 more by rail.

Published March 20, 2012

A Canadian railroad carrying millions of barrels of oil to Gulf refineries is hurtling full steam ahead through the Obama administration's block of the Keystone pipeline.

The amount of oil Canadian Pacific Railways carries down through the heartland has surged 2,500 percent since 2009, to 8.5 million barrels per year from just 325,000. The company expects to move 45 million barrels per year within the decade.

“We are responding to a growing demand,” Ed Greenberg, a spokesman for Canadian Pacific told “There has been unprecedented growth in the energy industry.”

The Calgary-based railroad is one of two that carries oil down from Canada's tar sands, but Canadian Pacific also carries thousands of barrels per day to the Gulf from North Dakota's booming Bakken Formation oil fields.

Experts estimate shipping by rail instead of pipeline adds anywhere from $5 to $10 to the price of a barrel, not to mention the high-capacity, 24-7 flow a pipeline affords. Rep. Fred Upton, (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, says the explosive growth of oil delivery by rail underscores the missed opportunity of the Keystone XL Pipeline, a Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline that became bogged down by environmental concerns and was ultimately tabled by the Obama administration and the Democrat-controlled Senate....

Oils well that ends well

I wonder who owns a lot of stock in the railroad ?

posted on Mar, 20 2012 @ 03:05 PM
reply to post by xuenchen

Another great propaganda piece from FoxNews.
"Oil's more expensive cause Canadians won't make a giant pipeline across America that tends to leak?! Damn Obama!"
It will drop oil prices maybe 5% AT MOST! And that's after building a giant metal behemoth across our beautiful MidWest.

posted on Mar, 20 2012 @ 03:09 PM
It's only a short-term opportunity for CN:

TransCanada is fully committed to the Keystone XL project and expects to place the pipeline in service by early 2015. In 2012, TransCanada plans to submit a new Presidential Permit application for approval of Keystone XL, the 1897-km (1179-mile) pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta to Steele City, Nebraska. TransCanada anticipates approval of the Presidential Permit application - which is required as the pipeline will cross the Canada/U.S. border - in Q1 2013, after which construction will quickly begin. TransCanada will continue to work collaboratively with the State of Nebraska on determining an alternative route for Keystone XL that avoids the Sandhills. TransCanada has been working on assessing the routing in Nebraska since November 2011, following the State Department's notice to delay a decision on a Presidential Permit until an adjusted route that avoids the Sandhills was developed. TransCanada expects that the findings of an exhaustive, three-year environmental review process already completed by the DOS will be taken into account as part of the new application process.

I'd bet a case of Molson's 50 that the Keystone will be completed before the Gateway pipeline to the west coast gets off the planning stage.

In the meantime, here's a nice link which has a map of the rail lines between US and Canada. Good to know there will also be potential access to the crude by the refineries in the Sarnia area.

edit on 20/3/12 by masqua because: sp

posted on Mar, 20 2012 @ 03:11 PM
reply to post by UnivoxSuperfuzz

What if there's ever a big train accident ??

They can't isolate a wreck with shutoff valves.

But I do agree with you to a point.

It's politics, not necessarily practicality.

posted on Mar, 20 2012 @ 03:12 PM
reply to post by masqua


Thanks !

posted on Mar, 20 2012 @ 03:16 PM
reply to post by xuenchen

I was more pointing to the irrational bias presented in a pseudo-journalistic fashion.

Sure rail lines can certainly be more dangerous, but I've been sketched out by pipelines since I went to Alaska.

And yeah, political hit piece.

posted on Mar, 20 2012 @ 03:19 PM

Buffett’s Burlington Northern Among Pipeline Winners

“Whatever people bring to us, we’re ready to haul,” Krista York-Wooley, a spokeswoman for Burlington Northern, a unit of Buffett’s Omaha, Nebraska-based Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A), said in an interview. If Keystone XL “doesn’t happen, we’re here to haul.”


posted on Mar, 20 2012 @ 03:22 PM
reply to post by Maluhia


Now we see the angle.

As temporary as it may be.

Perhaps Buffett needs time to "buy in" to the pipeline.

edit on Mar-20-2012 by xuenchen because: (no reason given)

posted on Mar, 20 2012 @ 03:28 PM
Winners Obama green donar's, and yep that billionaire Buffet I am sure Soros is getting his cut as well.

The losers YOU the pump.

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