Pictures: The Keystone XL Pipeline Sits Waiting For Obama’s Approval To Be Built

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“I thought you might be interested in some pictures I took of a stockpile in Gascoyne, ND,” a SAB reader wrote to me yesterday including a link to this gallery of photos. “There is a yard there filled with pipe that will form the Keystone pipeline.”

The reader writes that the stockpile makes him feel confident that, one day, the pipeline will be built. ” I got a warm fuzzy feeling that the pipeline will be built when I saw the scale of this,” he wrote. “Gascoyne is one of several sites where pipeline is being stockpiled.”

The confidence is warranted I think, especially given the direction the national election seems headed these days, but still it’s a little sad to see evidence of such an important piece of energy infrastructure sitting disassembled waiting on political obstructionists to get out of the way.

While that pipeline sits in parts, trucks carrying North Dakota oil out of the Bakken are crowding our roads. The Keystone XL pipeline could take as many as 500 of those trucks off the road. That means fewer accidents, less traffic and less chance of spills because pipelines are a safer method for transferring petroleum than trucks and even trains.

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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  • SigFan

    January – 20 – 2013
    The day America begins to recover. And the Keystone XL Pipeline will be an integral part of that recovery.

  • mikemc1970

    Of course it is sitting idle. Pipelines bring jobs, prosperity, and lower fuel costs. None of the things Obama actually wants.

    • $8194357

      Private sector jobs not government dependent regulatory
      oversight communist jobs..

  • mickey_moussaoui

    That will provide lots of work for welders……….eventually

  • Tim Heise

    silly liberals

  • WOOF

    Conservatives bend over and meekly forfeit property rights for a foreign oil company .
    Trans Canada will condemn and take your home by emminent domain.

    • mikemc1970

      Those EVIL Republicans. They are going to take way your social security/birth control/abortions/medicare/medicaid/property rights.

      • WOOF

        Why is mikemc1970 not ashamed to admit it.

        • mikemc1970

          Why would I ever be ashamed to admit that the left uses scaremonger tactics?

    • Thresherman

      My god what a moron. Emminent domain is a power exercised by governments not companies. Companies negotiate an easement with the property owner where the owner receives a substantial payment and other considerations in turn for allowing the pipeline to run through.

      • WOOF

        And when the owner of the private property makes “unreasonable demands” or prefers his privacy to “substantial payment” you think the company detours?

        “A judge in Lamar County, Texas, ruled Wednesday night that TransCanada’s
        Keystone XL pipeline has the right of eminent domain, rejecting a plea
        by farm manager Julia Trigg Crawford and dealing a blow to landowners
        and environmentalists who have been trying to block construction of the
        pipeline.”

  • Mr Evilwrench

    Shovel ready! The irony…

    • Roy_Bean

      The jobs are shovel ready but you really need a pitch fork for Obama’s BS.

  • Eduardo L.

    That will give a job to all the pipeliner’s not working.

  • Harold

    There will never be a Keystone pipeline if Obama is elected to 4 more years.

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