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Court requires full environmental review for proposed pipeline

by Dan Burns on September 17, 2015 · 2 comments

spillGood deal, though there presumably will be an appeal. Background here.

An environmental impact statement must be completed for the controversial Sandpiper oil pipeline before Minnesota authorities can approve the project, the Minnesota Appeals Court ruled Monday.
The ruling (.pdf) overturned a June decision by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to grant the pipeline a so-called “certificate of need” that would have let Canadian pipeline company Enbridge move forward on the line…
Neither the company nor the PUC said whether it plans to appeal the court’s decision. Both say they plan to evaluate their options for next steps.

Comments below fold.

From Dog Gone: Fascinating graphic. I recognize part of it as the Andrew Wyeth painting of his neighbor, who most viewers do not know was substantially paralyzed, supposedly by polio, when she posed for the original painting (Christina’s World) after Wyeth saw her dragging herself across the field. The landscape in the Wyeth painting is so pastoral. The landscape in your graphic is anything but pastoral — and is so toxic that paralysis is only one of the possibilities one can contemplate.
We can only hope that facts and a realistic assessment of the very serious dangers to our environment prevail over greed, and the pipeline is defeated.
From Dan Burns: I got it here. The first time I used it I credited it properly, but it’s been all over the Internet now, usually uncredited of course, and I get lazy.
From Mac Hall: FYI : This week, the US House has a “busy” week ….
On Monday, the House is not in session.
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 4:00 p.m. in pro forma session. No votes are expected.
On Wednesday, the House is not in session.
On Thursday, the House will meet at 8:30 a.m. for legislative business and recess immediately. The House will reconvene at approximately 9:45 a.m. for a Joint Meeting of Congress to receive Pope Francis of the Holy See.
Leaving all the “work” to be done on Friday … and what is on the schedule for Friday?????
Naming 10 Post Offices and a “vote” on H.R. 348 – RAPID Act.
So, what is the RAPID Act ? Well, the Responsibly and Professionally Invigorating Development Act (RAPID) is to “correct” the regulatory review process … essentially allowing business to do the environmental review … and restricting judicial review. Think of Keystone, why couldn’t TransCanada just “review” and “employ” “scientists” to bless their plan? That was part of the debate last session when the House passed the bill with all Republicans voting YES along with 12 Democrats ( I will let you guess which DINO showed his true colors) while 179 said NO.
So, here’s the good news for next Saturday’s newspapers, the headline is already written …. House takes RAPID action.

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