Q: It has been reported that there was a conflict of interest and influence peddling with the company that did the initial environmental impact assessment regarding the Keystone XL pipeline, much to the chagrin of the environmentalists because not enough environmental cautions were taken, the Sandhills issue being one of them. Can you clarify if this is true?
A: This is another false accusation with no merit. Cardno ENTRIX is a third party contractor to the Department of State, responsible for preparing the NEPA documentation with respect to the Keystone XL Presidential Permit review process. As dictated by Department of State and consistent with FERC third-party contractor practice, upon which the Department of State practice is modeled, TransCanada issued an RFP in late 2008 for the Department of State third-party EIS preparer role. This is the same process used on a regular basis by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which processes certificate applications for interstate natural gas pipelines. We screened the contractors who responded to the RFP for technical ability, experience, and appropriate personnel and recommended a number of qualified candidates to Department of State. The Department of State selected Cardno ENTRIX. There are a limited number of firms who specialize in this type of work, and Cardno ENTRIX has the capabilities to work on this type of review. As the proponent of the project, we are handed the bill for the work that the Department of State directs Cardno ENTRIX to carry out for this part of their review. The work is done at the sole direction of the DOS.
TransCanada clarifies the oil from Keystone XL pipeline is going to the US
Q: There are some reports that claim this oil is not going to the US. What benefit is there for the US if the oil is not going to the US yet crossing their land, possibly contaminating it? Is this rumor unfounded?
A: This is a false rumor. The oil will address the US energy needs. Right now the US consumes 15 million barrels of oil a day and needs to import 11 million.
TransCanada is confident the Keystone XL pipeline will be built after the reroute away from the Sandhills
Q: What will it mean to the US and Canada if this project is completely halted due to the delay? Will Canada have an alternate customer? Will the US have to rely on Middle East oil that may be more expensive and harder to obtain?
A: I cannot comment on the impact to Canadians but as a company, we will continue to pursue opportunities to get this oil to the markets that want in.
Q: With the majority of Nebraskans, Americans, and Canadians still opposed to this project, is there a possibility that the Keystone XL pipeline will be completely halted? If so, what will be your next move?
A: We remain confident Keystone XL will ultimately be approved. This project is too important to the U.S. economy, the Canadian economy and the national interest of the United States for it not to proceed
For more information on the Keystone XL pipeline, go to the TransCanada website.