Battle widens over oil pipelines from Canada through Midwest

  • Article by: David Shaffer , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 27, 2013 - 10:45 PM

A large coalition has widened the fight over expansion of pipelines carrying Canadian tar sands oil in Minnesota and other states.

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tholmquistMar. 27, 13 9:13 PM

These protesters should be protesting MN power companies that burn used tires in with their coal.

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sjhuotMar. 27, 13 9:17 PM

I think the reality is that the oil is going to get to the refinery one way or the other - by truck, train or pipeline. I don't know that it makes a great deal of difference to safety or climate change how this happens. The need for the energy and the money that will accrue to all involved will make it happen. I am NOT a climate change denier. However, I am a great believer in human ingenuity, and believe that we should focus on solutions that don't require hurting economic growth.

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rudo1212Mar. 27, 13 9:22 PM

This country has become one big whine.

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wesleyMar. 27, 13 9:36 PM

This country is pumping more oil then ever out of the ground. What has it gotten us? Oh yeah, HIGHER gas prices.

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supervon2Mar. 27, 13 9:38 PM

I see the usual suspects are at it again. Parents-stop leaving your hard-earned savings to those that don't contribute to society and let them find meaningful work on their own.

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mankato58Mar. 27, 13 9:43 PM

The safest way to transport oil is through pipelines. This project will create jobs during construction, jobs to operate and maintain the pipeline, pay property taxes each and every year, and provide jobs at US ports and refineries who handle the oil. The oil is going to come out of the ground, and Canada is going to get it to a port one way or another. Why not take advantage of both the long and short term benefits, and provide a safe method in the process? Now, to all of you Minnesotans protesting this, what part of Minnesota does this pipeline touch or effect?

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dogmanMar. 27, 13 9:48 PM

"Parents-stop leaving your hard-earned savings to those that don't contribute to society and let them find meaningful work on their own." -- was that directed to Ma and Pa Koch?

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dflleftMar. 27, 1310:00 PM

Met three people that live west of Winnepeg...in their 60's, retired, and they can't stand Obama either and asked me what has happened to the US.

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paulTandbergMar. 27, 1310:22 PM

If the United States tries to block the development and transportation of Canada's oil resources, it will be an empty, but costly, symbolic action only. It will be an empty action as the tar sands will be developed regardless of our actions. It will be a costly act because we will be driving our formerly best energy friend in the world to the eager bosom of the Chinese, who will be only too glad to step into our former place and become Canada's New Best Energy Friend.///// China will pay for a pipeline heading west. They will pay for two or three, if needed. And an angry Canada, angered by our hypocritical attempt to block their energy sources from market while fracking to the high heavens over on our side of the border, will be all too ready to embrace an energy compact with the Chinese.////The environmental costs of tar sand oil and pipeline transportation have been grossly exaggerated by opponents that are driven by emotion, not science, fact, or experience. The costs to our economy and to our long-standing mutually beneficial relationship with Canada have not been adequately or fairly considered. //// Oil will flow until there is a real alternative. Not a made up fancy of the imagination but a real alternative that will be embraced, not by fiat, but because it works better. And it will take a strong economy with plenty of money to invest in research in order to come up with this real alternative. .

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qbertMar. 27, 1310:29 PM

It looks like we just discovered where the so called 99 percent group went.

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