The Keystone XL pipeline was to be fast tracked by executive order signed by the previous administration. In May a federal judge sided with environmentalists that pipelines crossing bodies of water have extensive permitting and regulatory processes.

The Nationwide Permit 12 to expedite pipeline construction had several pipeline projects stopped because they crossed bodies of water. The Supreme court overturned the lower court to allow pipelines to move forward as environmental studies where in progress. The Supreme Court removed the Keystone XL from that list. The Keystone Pipeline was to continue with the rigorous environmental regulations.

The Biden administration rescinded the Keystone XL pipeline permit. Mr. Heath states that 1000 jobs were lost by this. The nearly 1,200-mile-long pipeline would create one job per 1.2 miles. That is trivial to the economic carnage COVID-19 as caused this country. Had the previous administration worked as hard to curb the virus as to push through fossil fuel exploration millions of unemployed would be working.

Think on that one Mark Heath.

Robert Wayne Cooper


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After working many years in the oil industry, I can state for a fact the construction of the Keystone pipeline will ultimately result in the loss of hundreds of jobs, exactly the opposite of what proponents claim. When constructed, the Keystone Pipeline will ship unrefined products from point A to point B. Currently, those materials are being shipped by truck and train from point A to point B. The number of truck and train jobs lost when the pipeline is constructed dwarfs the jobs created by the pipeline. Reduced manpower (paid jobs) is always one of major drivers to constructing a pipeline vs. trucking the material. Claiming a pipeline will create MORE jobs is a bald faced lie.

The jobs proponents are talking about are one-time, short lived construction jobs that will be gone once the pipeline is built. Once constructed, the Keystone Pipeline will be operated with a staff less than 30 people, most of which are line riders and mechanics that check for leaks and equipment failures. The pipeline can be controlled from anywhere in the country by one person who will probably be controlling multiple other pipelines at the same time. Most major pipeline companies have only one control center that operates all of their pipelines in the country.

Despite my comments about job creation, pipelines ARE the safest and best environmentally. Pipeline incidents of injury or spills are orders of magnitude lower than moving the same material via trucks and trains.

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