Keystone Pipeline Decision Emphasizes the Need for Domestic Pipelines to get Canadian Oil to the World Marketplace

November 6, 2015

OTTAWA, ON – Randy Hoback, Member of Parliament for the federal riding of Prince Albert voiced his disappointment with President Obama’s political decision to reject the Keystone Pipeline project, which had the potential to create many well-paying jobs in Saskatchewan and across Canada.

Canada presently ships a large amount of oil by rail and by truck.  This traffic is thus going to increase as a result of this decision.  It is also evident that the transportation of oil on rail is not as safe or environmentally friendly as via pipelines.  It also raises capacity concerns for grains and oilseeds producers, as well as for potash and other commodities which rely on rail to get their products to market.

Earlier analysis compiled for the United States Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement in 2011 found from a global perspective, the Keystone Pipeline Project would not result an incremental rise in GHG emissions.

"I am extremely disappointed that President Obama succumbed to domestic political pressure and rejected the Keystone XL pipeline,” said MP Hoback.  “Obama’s decision further emphasizes the need for the construction of pipelines such as the Northern Gateway Pipeline that would ship and market our oil to countries such as China, and to our new Trans Pacific partners.” 

“It also emphasizes the need for the completion of the Energy East pipeline to ship and market Canadian oil in Eastern Canada, the Atlantic Region, and in Europe,” added Hoback.

The oil and gas sector is an important part of the Canadian economy, which employs Canadians from coast to coast to coast. It is currently facing many economic challenges.  It doesn’t need any more bad political decisions to add to its challenges.

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