Former US Energy Regulator Brigham A. McCown Says Decision to Approve Export Pipeline in Canada Paves the Way for Keystone XL Approval

Dec 23, 2013, 10:48 ET from Brigham A. McCown

WASHINGTON, Dec. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The latest in pipeline news forecasts approval for Keystone XL. Enbridge's Northern Gateway oil-sands pipeline was approved last week, as the National Energy Board stated; "Canada would be "better off" with the pipeline than without it."

Brigham McCown, the former head of the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration says, "The approval of the Canadian pipeline blows a major hole in anti-keystone theories, paving the way for certain approval of KXL."

Opponents of the pipeline have argued by stopping Keystone, tar-sands oil will not be developed, thus drastically reducing carbon emissions. "The carbon-emission argument for KXL is no longer valid," says McCown. "In fact, by discouraging the construction of KXL, activists are accepting higher carbon emissions due to longer transport routes and less-efficient modes of transportation."

"Canada will now be able to directly transport oil to the Canadian Pacific coast for overseas export. By blocking the construction of KXL, activists are merely redirecting the beneficiaries of this product."

Appointed by the Honorable Norman Y. Mineta, (D-CA) Brigham A. McCown served as the first head of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration in Washington, D.C. where he was responsible for overseeing two-thirds of all energy products consumed in the U.S.

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