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Administration decides to be jerks: illegal Enbridge extension

Posted by Charles II on May 4, 2015

From DeSmogBlog:

DeSmogBlog has obtained dozens of emails that lend an inside view of how the U.S. State Department secretly handed Enbridge a permit to expand the capacity of its U.S.-Canada border-crossing Alberta Clipper pipeline, which carries tar sands diluted bitumen (“dilbit”) from Alberta to midwest markets.

Environmental groups have coined the approval process an “illegal scheme” because the State Department allowed Enbridge to usurp the conventional presidential permit process for cross-border pipelines, as well as the standard National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, which allows for public comments and public hearings of the sort seen for TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline.

2 Responses to “Administration decides to be jerks: illegal Enbridge extension”

  1. jo6pacjo6pac said

    It’s gotten to the point govt. and corp. really don’t care if it’s illegal or not they just go ahead and do it any way. There was a time a long time ago these so-called govt agency did protect citizens of this nation. Their only job now is maximize corp. profit and later themselves as the so-called govt. workers go though the revolving door. There’s a good conversation going on over at Ives S. place about tpp and fascism.

    I do love DeSmog.

  2. Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s illegal. Enbridge probably was able to get away with saying that this was pipeline maintenance and improvement and thus not subject to the same rules as a brand-new pipeline over a brand-new course would be.

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