Northwest energy whack-a-mole: Another pipeline rears its head

January 28, 2013 As the Northern Gateway scheme to ship Alberta’s tar-sand oil to Asia grows shaky, the battle shifts to another pipeline plan that would send it out past Washington’s fragile waters.

By Eric Scigliano

So this is how it felt when the oil started flowing on the Persian Gulf. This century’s successor to the 20th century’s great energy game is starting to unfold around us. On one side, the inland West is bursting with particularly filthy fossil fuels: Montana and Wyoming coal, North Dakota oil, the vast reserves (third-largest in the world) of Alberta’s tar sands (or, as they say there, “oilsands”). On the other side, China and Asia’s other new industrial powerhouses, thirsty for fuel and paying a hefty premium. And in between, the monkey in the middle, the rich, fragile inland seas of Washington and British Columbia, over which the stuff must travel to reach those premium markets.



~ by fredfelleman on February 11, 2013.

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