01_tarsands_emissionsTwo bits of sad but predictable news from the government and business push to expand the tar sands industry:

The US State Department on Friday afternoon released a newly updated draft of its Supplementary Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which, if approved, would dramatically increase the extraction and transfer of Canadian tar sands oil to the Gulf coast. … The draft itself can be accessed here. …

Jane Kleeb of the group Bold Nebraska joined other environmental leaders in rejecting the report’s conclusion that tar sands development would not be impacted by rejection of the pipeline.

Tarsands does not expand unless Keystone XL is built,” Kleeb said. “The State Department’s assumption that tarsands development does not change with or without this pipeline is wrong and laughable. Why would TransCanada spend billions on building the pipeline and millions on lobbying unless this piece of infrastructure is the–not a–but the lynchpin for the expansion of tarsands. Without this pipeline Canada stays at 2 million barrels a day, with it they get 3 million barrels a day. The President has the ability to keep a million barrels of tarsands in the ground a day.” …

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Meanwhile, Enbridge is refusing to pay to help assess the damage resulting from the 2010 rupture of one of its pipelines that spilled nearly a million gallons of tar sands oil into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River.

Is it any wonder that residents across the Keystone Pipeline’s entire proposed route have been fighting it tooth and nail?