The Tar Sands Blockade wants to clear up the misconception that the Gulf Coast Project, or Phase 3 of the Keystone XL pipeline, will only be a crude oil pipeline when it is first constructed from Cushing, Okla. to Port Arthur, Texas.
The Keystone XL’s sister pipeline, Keystone 1, already carries tar sands to Cushing, and has been filling Cushing storage tanks with tar sands for more than a year now. This segment will be integrated into the existing Keystone Systems and will carry tar sands, according the U.S. State Department’s Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone XL pipeline.
TransCanada’s own maps and documentation show that the Gulf Coast Segment will be integrated with Keystone 1 and will transport tar sands and contribute to tar sands
development. The evidence shows that this will not serve the public and will increase fuel prices. This project meets the demands of the shippers and the refineries and their export market, not the declining U.S public demand.
The Gulf Coast Project does not have a separate Environmental Impact Statement, and TransCanada is relying on the State Department’s highly flawed statement on the larger Keystone XL pipeline as it pertains to the Gulf Coast Project, despite the fact that several key issues relating to unique problems with Oklahoma and Texas waterways, among other issues, have yet to be evaluated at all.
TransCanada’s claims in advertisements that the Gulf Coast Project will ship American crude oil is a half-truth at best. Further research shows that TransCanada admits that they reserve only “up to 25%” of the lines capacity for domestic crude and the rest for Canadian crude (tar sands). But TransCanada won’t release, any specific number on exacty what that percent is. It could actually be only 1 percent.
We do not have any idea on what contract limits and time constraints would be involved in shipping domestic crude. If TransCanada has a contract to ship domestic crude, we do not know how much or for how long, but it allows them to make ambiguous and misleading statements such as “we will ship American crude.”
American crude is not what their customers, the refineries, are interested in. The market calls for heavy crude that can be hydrocracked into diesel. Continue reading