Keystone delay forcing short term, environmentally dangerous stop gaps

The Upper Midwest is awash in oil. They have more oil than capacity to move it,” Podratz said in detailing the plan. “We have a window of opportunity here to help move it to market.”

Podratz said the Superior oil terminal will have a relatively short life expectancy — about five to 10 years after completion — because pipelines are still the fastest and cheapest way to move crude oil. Several companies, including Enbridge, have major pipeline expansions and new routes currently being planned.

“In fact, if Keystone XL goes ahead fast, this (Superior terminal project) probably goes away,” Podratz said. “Pipelines are still the easiest and cheapest way to move oil. They just can’t put pipelines in fast enough or to enough places to handle the supply right now.”

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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