Keystone XL Pipeline Infuriates Texas Farmers
Texas landowners are fed up with what they call false arguments from Big Oil proponents of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. According to many, the $7 billion project threatens the country's most critical drinking water aquifers and farmlands.
In reaction to TransCanada's announcement last week to move forward with plans to build the southern leg of the 1,700-mile pipeline on the table, Texans are vehemently speaking out.
According to a blog from the NRDC's Susan Casey-Leftkowitz, the plan to split the giant pipeline in two and start building in Texas will put landowners at high risk and will likely lead to even higher gas prices in the Midwest:
“...it will divert tar sands from the Midwest to the Gulf, raising American oil prices and likely also gasoline prices,” Casey-Leftkowitz writes. “An Oklahoma to Texas tar sands pipeline will mean more tar sands converted to diesel and available for export overseas. It will mean less tar sands remaining in the US, even while Americans bear the risks of the pipeline.”
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After residents turned out en masse last month to support farm manager Julia Trigg Crawford's court fight to keep the pipeline off her property, Texas court appeals reinstated a temporary restraining order that prohibits TransCanada's construction activities on her farm.
Of course, Texas is not alone in this fight. Earlier this week, protesters in South Dakota blocked trucks carrying equipment for Canadian tar sands operations from the Oglala Sioux Tribe's Pine Ridge Reservation to Alberta. Many were arrested.
As the fight between corporations and the American people rages on, the Senate could vote as early as Thursday on another plan to take quick action on the Keystone XL pipeline. However, Democrats will most likely shoot it down.
Hydrostor receives $4m funding for A-CAES facility in Canada
Hydrostor has received $4m funding to develop a 300-500MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to plan construction.
The project will be modeled on Hydrostor’s commercially operating Goderich storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of energy storage.
Hydrostor’s A-CAES system supports Canada’s green economic transition by designing, building, and operating emissions-free energy storage facilities, and employing people, suppliers, and technologies from the oil and gas sector.
The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Jr. Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Investing in clean technology will lower emissions and increase our competitiveness. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”
A-CAES has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the transition to a cleaner and more flexible electricity grid. Specifically, the low-impact and cost-effective technology will reduce the use of fossil fuels and will provide reliable and bankable energy storage solutions for utilities and regulators, while integrating renewable energy for sustainable growth.
Curtis VanWalleghem, Hydrostor’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the federal government’s support of our long duration energy storage solution that is critical to enabling the clean energy transition. This made-in-Canada solution, with the support of NRCan and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is ready to be widely deployed within Canada and globally to lower electricity rates and decarbonize the electricity sector."
The Rosamond A-CAES 500MW Project is under advanced development and targeting a 2024 launch. It is designed to turn California’s growing solar and wind resources into on-demand peak capacity while allowing for closure of fossil fuel generating stations.
Hydrostor closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in growth financing in September 2019.