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A few oil spills now and then are nothing compared to sunburns. END SOLAR NOW.

The Nebraska Public Service Commission voted today, 3 to 2, to approve the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline across the state, the last regulatory step needed to extend the existing Keystone pipeline from the tar sands of Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast. The vote came just four days after the existing part of the pipeline spilled about 210,000 gallons of the thick, nasty goo in South Dakota, which is hardly anything, you’ll be glad to know — if you use a different measurement, it’s merely 5,000 barrels — and there weren’t even any seabirds around to make for unfortunate photos.

And why did the commission vote to approve the pipeline despite a spill just days ago? According to legislators, according to the AP, “pipeline safety is a federal responsibility and should not factor in the state decision.”

In a small nod to environmentalists, the board voted to approve a different route for the pipeline than the developers, TransCanada, had asked for; the approved route will avoid more of Nebraska’s Sandhills area than the original route — but not avoid the region altogether. TransCanada had claimed it would be unfeasible to use the alternative route, since it had already arranged property easements along its preferred route. No, this doesn’t mean the thing won’t be built, since when it comes to getting its way, the oil industry can almost always manage a few more lawsuits and a lot more money. And while the ecologically sensitive area is mostly avoided by the approved route, the pipeline will still

cross small shallow parts of the Ogallala aquifer, the main source of drinking and irrigation water in Nebraska and much of the Great Plains.

Don’t worry, though because there are going to be so many great jobs (nationally, as many as 35 full-time positions once it’s finished, plus around 4,000 construction jobs for the two years it takes to build) and America will be so Great Again that no one will mind what might be in their drinking water. And maybe there won’t be many spills with the Keystone XL, which will transport some of the dirtiest oil in the world to refineries, where it will then be shipped for export abroad, resulting in prosperity for somebody, we’re sure.

One of the two commissioners who voted against approving the pipeline, Chrystal Rhoades, said she didn’t quite believe TransCanada’s insistence that the Keystone XL would be the safest pipeline ever built, noting that the construction wouldn’t lead to any long-term jobs in Nebraska and that

All human-made infrastructure degrades and fails over time […] No infrastructure ever designed has lasted for eternity and there is no reason to believe this pipeline will be an exception.

Mind you, she also acknowledged that the Public Service Commission wasn’t supposed to consider the risk of spills in its decision, but that the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality had included that risk in a report. It’s as if she thinks that’s something that might matter, somehow.

In any case, once TransCanada powers through some pesky lawsuits from the Sierra Club and objections by landowners along the new route, more truly filthy oil will be making its way to the world’s internal combustion engines, and Mar-A-Lago will eventually disappear beneath the waves, so in the long run, there’s some karmic payback, huh?

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  • Skeptical_thinker

    This is really a sticky situation.

    • wide_stance_hubby

      We’ll never get all the wickets separated.

      • Skeptical_thinker

        We could separate the men from the boys like they do in English public schools; with a crowbar.

  • IdiotsforPalin

    “pipeline safety is a federal responsibility and should not factor in the state decision.”….WTF? It’s your state that will get polluted you idiots. Your drinking water and land…..stop, just stop Nebraska. Quit trying to one up Kansas.

    • Oblios_Cap

      Well ,that’s one (wrong) way to look at that.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      “The Federal Government never let’s us down. We’l leave this completely up to them!”
      — No State Government ever…until now

    • Impatient

      Shit, Sarah. I forgot how hot you make me feel. Wink at me again, and you fuckers can have ANYTHING you want! I’ll even give you my first-born caribou, to keep your shooting sharp.

    • Naytch

      When it leaks, they can ask for Federal Aid.
      Privatize the Profits, Socialize the Spills!

  • Major_Major_Major

    Not to be crude, but are you fucking insane, Nebraska?

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “If there is a major oil spill, we’ll just lift up the norther edge of our state a few inches, and the oil will run off into Kansas.”
    — Nebraska

  • Oblios_Cap

    No big deal. There’s no aquifers around there.

    Oh, wait…

    • mardam422

      Everyone knows oil and water don’t mix. Libtards!!

  • Mormos

    remember when scientists said keystone xl would mean “game over” for the climate?

    • wide_stance_hubby

      Every new day is the first day of the beginning of the end.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    Check the bank accounts of the three ayes to see if anyone has recently cashed checks from Alberta.

    • 🍁 Girl Guide Salute 🖖🏻

      Or just check if they voted “Eh.”

  • mardam422

    Hey, just think of all the jobs created by a spill!!! Probably lots of jobs cleaning baby animals and hauling away contaminated dirt and stuff. Oh, and the possibilities for drinking water purification systems itself is worth the price of a couple of thousand barrels spilled. Libtards!

    • wide_stance_hubby

      It’s the Dawn of a new day.

      • mardam422

        Nice.

    • Sarah Smith

      Actually, one of my friends has a business of going around the nation cleaning up oiled birds and animals. She’s constantly on the road with her rig–a semi with animal cleaning stations in the trailer. We can hardly get together for lunch there’s so many damn leaks all over the country.

  • Covfefe’s Evil Twin

    something something face eating leopards something. what the fuck is wrong with people?

  • Latverian Diplomat

    This just in: Nebraska football team changes name from Cornhuskers to Oilspongers to better reflect the state’s leading occupation.

  • jesterpunk

    So the state says its federal responsibility and Scott Pruitt says its not his problem the states should take care of it?

  • marxalot

    It’s just water that serves the whole Great Plains region, that’s not a big deal! I mean, since all the small farmers went bankrupt because of the Death Tax, it’s not like there’s anyone out there or any reason why we’d want a clean water supply, right? Besides, I hear petro-chemicals are super good for your economy.

  • Ellie

    Oil companies still rule this country – even though this is foreign oil being piped across the land to ship to foreign countries and will benefit us U.S. in the long run, not one whit.

    • 🍁 Girl Guide Salute 🖖🏻

      Oil companies still run Canada too. You know that drunk, racist uncle at the Thanksgiving table? In Canada his name is “Albert A.,” and he’s grabbed the nice young boyfriend you brought home to visit by the Saskatchewan.

  • BearGHAZI

    What a drear landscape. Perhaps that is why the people are so… mercurial

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “We don’t look at it as pollution. We look at it as fertilizing with dead dinosaurs!”

    • jesterpunk

      Wait until they start sending people who own that land a bill for “stealing” their oil.

    • wide_stance_hubby

      Locally sourced artisanal also too, so shut up libs!1!

  • Time to channel the Boston Tea Party.

  • jesterpunk

    Oh good the Trump administration is doing more to help people. They are going to subsidize power plants and make a new rule requiring them to charge consumers more so they can make a bigger profit.

    http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/feds-propose-plan-to-bail-out-nuke-coal-plants-possibly/article_1f1e7d76-c971-11e7-86a2-076f3d163996.html

    Under the DOE’s proposal, regional transmission organizations such as PJM would be required to establish tariffs on ratepayers to cover the costs of generating power at coal and nuclear plants, and allow them to make a “fair” profit.

    The rule, if approved, would also reverse the competitive power market that was established in the late 1990s when the electricity industry was deregulated. Since then, electricity has been purchased on the basis of who could provide it the cheapest.

    • Stulexington

      Free market? Now when there’s coal to shoehorn into the market.

      • Impatient

        Cheap, clean coal will make it aaaaall better! Yippee! ………..
        ……………. winning ???????????????????????????
        (Dawg, I’m tired of it.)

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      Are they gonna start requiring tariffs if we buy a Prius instead of a Canyonero?

    • TJ Barke

      Corporate welfare is okay because they’re real people, not like all the poors.

      • Impatient

        How does it go? Socialism for the rich; capitalism for the rest of us?

        • TJ Barke

          Privatized profit, socialized risk.

          • Impatient

            Thanks. I knew I could screw that up!

    • Indeniable Ron

      Don’tcha love all these ‘free market’ solutions?

  • Squeegee

    As someone with the unfortunate luck of being from Nebraska I can say without any qualification that Nebraska is the closest thing to hell on earth in the summer months.

    • Indeniable Ron

      I wouldn’t know. I’ve only been through it in winter. Sort of a Norse hell.

  • Impatient

    So industry says this pipeline will simply be of enormous economic benefit. Why, then, do they not invest more money in the pipeline itself … to make it absolutely foolproof?

    Absolutely foolproof is an impossibility, you say? Yup, you’re right. But why not enclose the whole pipe in a second, high-quality pipe? That’ll certainly reduce spills to near zero. Worried about terrorist attacks? Bombs? Build a reinforced concrete tunnel over its entire length.

    Not that much economic value? Bullshit. The oil industry will not give up a penny of its precious profits, when talk is so cheap … and the goobers will eat it up, with hydrocarbon sprinkles on top.

  • BloviateMe

    “My Life With The Drill Spill Kult”

    Dok, I don’t know what you’re making, but you deserve a raise.

  • commatoes
  • JohnBull

    This will be cleaned up by the local Native American population and busloads of college students. Then next week we’ll see another article about how Millennials are lazy and entitled.

    • TJ Barke

      I like how they’ve branded getting a fair shake as entitlement.

  • OddMan

    A close up of the rupture of the pipeline. This pipeline has been in use for a few years. The pressure when in operation is about 1400 PSI. From the size of the pit full of oil, I would say an explosive rupture. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/549b1f8adf5faa87a9e0e203d03c9f00bfe3cbf4983c5194839b4203d59dc922.png

  • Crank Tango

    This is good news for Dawn.

    • BosGrl

      Tony Orlando’s backup singers?

      • Crank Tango

        Depends. Do they take grease out of your way?

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    Oil oil everywhere, and not a drop of think.

  • King Beauregard

    So, those of you who hated Ben Nelson for being a Republican in Democrats’ Clothing or whatever … ? Nelson was dead-set against the Keystone XL, because he was motivated by one thing above all else in Congress: doing what would be good for the people of Nebraska. I may have disagreed with him often about what would be best, but I could never accuse Nelson of selling his people out.

  • TJ Barke

    Whatever we can do to accommodate your corporate need to kill everything that impacts your profit.

    • weejee

      Some confuse skid marks and the bottom line. Because bottoms.

  • BloviateMe

    “Someday, the health and happiness of human beings must be held in higher regard than raw greed, but today is not that day.”

    • commatoes

      That doesn’t fit neatly on a balance sheet.

  • weejee

    Oily to bed,
    Oily to rise,

  • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

    Passing the buck in a circle. That’s a good sign…

    • commatoes

      Bunch of jerks?

      In a circle?

      • Marion in Savannah

        Well, it does seem to be a bit of a circle jerk.

  • rocktonsam

    The oil is coming from Canada so its more considerate to the environment.

    • 🍁 Girl Guide Salute 🖖🏻

      It’s a sore subject. Blame Harper and the Indian-killer petrosexuals who equate oil with precious bodily fluids. In his heart, if Justin could, he’d have solar paneling on every roof of every home in Canada. In reality, he can’t throw Alberta under the bus. They already blame him for the tar sands being eventually “phased out” due to market forces, and want Rachel Notley (NDP Premier) to be “locked up” so that the bigoted moran Jason Kenney can Make Alberta Gooey Again. Justin knows what happened with the coal miners. He’s had to make a devil’s bargain, or risk the Crappers storming Parliament yet again to finish Harper’s job of running the country into the ground on a much biglier number of issues.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    According to legislators, according to the AP, “pipeline safety is a federal responsibility and should not factor in the state decision.”

    Sure, because the feds are doing such a great job of it. Fuck.

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      Plausible deniability has taken a very dark edge.

    • (((fka_donnie_d))), SOB

      Look on the bright side, now we know what they think the federal gubmint is for.

  • Angela Ruzzo

    Why must they pipe this oil all the way to refineries on the Gulf Coast? Couldn’t they build a refinery a little bit closer to the tar sands? Isn’t the Pacific Ocean a lot closer to Alberta than the Gulf? I have not been following this issue, so this might be a stupid question.

    • TJ Barke

      Cuz ain’t no way us commies on the left coast gonna let them.

      • Angela Ruzzo

        Well I don’t blame you commies one bit, but that never stopped the oil companies before.

    • Resistance Fighter Callyson

      Isn’t the Pacific Ocean a lot closer to Alberta than the Gulf?

      My avatar says hell to the no to that idea.

    • I’m pretty sure Washington, Oregon, and/or California would tell them to fuck off.

      • mackafritz

        How about BC? This is Canadian oil we’re talking about.

        • They’d likely say ‘fuck off’ in a much politer and apologetic way.

          • commatoes

            Drop the gloves and pull the jersey over their head.

          • TJ Barke

            I thought that was more of an Ontario thing.

          • commatoes

            The hockey fight ignores normal Canadian customs of courtesy and decorum to engage in a pugilistic ritual of dominance displays.

          • Skeptical_thinker

            The hockey fight ignores normal Canadian customs of courtesy and decorum to engage in a pugilistic ritual of dominance displays.

            If hockey were an important sport in the US, fights on the rink would be settled with guns.

          • marxalot

            If hockey were a more important sport in the US, maybe we wouldn’t need so many guns.
            You know, get all the aggression out in a healthy way.

          • Indeniable Ron

            I would have thought football would have been perfect for that. Instead it seems to inflame the crowd.

          • BloviateMe

            “Goons, not guns.”

          • 🍁 Girl Guide Salute 🖖🏻

            But at least they say sorry after beating each other up.

            JT did after the boxing match, even though Brazeau actually wanted to kill him.

          • Paul

            What caused that fight. I know it was for charity but what sort of smack talking, and by whom, led up to it?

          • BloviateMe

            “F word off, you…hey, sorry about the f word thing.”

          • 🍁 Girl Guide Salute 🖖🏻
          • commatoes

            Merde et tabernac!!!

            PS CBSC ruled that “fuck” is allowable only on French Language broadcasts. There are certain restrictions though.

          • “Now, I’m afraid we’re gonna have to say no to your giant funnel of death and environmental destruction, and if you’ll pardon my language, I don’t mind sayin’ that we’re just so gosh darned disappointed in you. You go home and think about what you’ve done.”

          • 🍁 Girl Guide Salute 🖖🏻

            “Take off” or “fuddle duddle”.

        • 🍁 Girl Guide Salute 🖖🏻

          Alberta ruins everything. The petrosexuals hold the country hostage and are making Justin do penance for “Petro-Canada”. “Economical anxiety” all over again.

        • Angela Ruzzo

          That’s what I was thinking – it’s Canadian oil, should use a Canadian refinery. Canada must be profiting somehow, they should build a refinery there and employ Canadians. They would probably do a better job of it.

          • commatoes

            That’s what we used to do. I think the oil companies regard it as lower capital investment (building a refinery close to the source would still need transport to market/shipping distribution points) as tar sands oil is more costly to extract than any form of standard crude oil. IIRC, the breakeven cost of tar sand oil is about $30 and was as high as $40. At $50 to $60 a barrel, building a refinery is not feasible. It was not until oil hit $150 a barrel that tar sands oil was even considered profitable.

          • Indeniable Ron

            It’s been a while since I happened across it, but IIRC they couldn’t find anyone who was willing to build a plant. And I think it was because the profit margin on pumping the guck to Texas for refining was higher. That, and there was an actual argument about ‘building a plant that would have to be shut down when the tar sands ran out.’

      • TJ Barke

        British Columbia also, too.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        as did Vancouver

      • BloviateMe

        We’d unleash a perpetual drum circle to surround the construction crews ’round the clock.

        They’d run off, touched by madness.

    • commatoes

      The Rocky Mountains. And a large proportion of the US refining capacity is in Texas. As in, I wonder how many refineries and chemical plants exploded after Harvey. As in, I wonder how much of Houston/the Gulf will be classified as a Superfund site now?

      • TJ Barke

        Aoi, k.

      • Angela Ruzzo

        I was thinking of the Pacific Coast in Canada.

        • Zippy W Pinhead

          Still mountains, along with a bunch of coastal Canadians who don’t want that shit in their backyard and some Indian tribes who told them fuck no…

          • Angela Ruzzo

            Well, that explains why they want to go through Nebraska, ’cause “Ain’t no mountains high enough” in Nebraska. There are no mountains there at all. I did see a hill there once, but it might have been a mirage.

        • commatoes

          More than half of British Columbia is covered by the Rockies. They ARE trying (I have not been following the story recently) to build a LNG pipeline to the Pacific. Even highways and roads are an engineering/maintenance nightmare due to winter storms and resultant avalanches. I can not imagine engineering an avalanche proof pipeline. As for burying it, I do not think there is enough soil on top of the bed rock to bury it adequately. That leaves dill/boring though a mountain chain.

          • Angela Ruzzo

            Thanks, that’s a very clear explanation. My last world geography classes were 40 years ago, and I have forgotten half of what I learned.

          • commatoes

            Ain’t no thang.

          • Angela Ruzzo

            Oddly enough, I still remember studying the Seychelle and Glorioso Islands in the Indian Ocean in my college-level world geography class, and I can tell you exactly where they are. I wonder why that bit of info stuck with me…probably because the jerk professor asked about them on the test just to see if we paid attention to the unimportant bits that we would never need to know again.

          • commatoes

            I realise details are important. But to intentionally try to trip up students on the granularity of the material is anti-thetical to teaching. That kind of stuff should be left to a section for bonus marks.

          • Angela Ruzzo

            I once had a Psychology professor who wrote the instructions to the test in a spiral pattern on the cover of the test, forcing us to rotate the page several times to read them, and the instructions included a statement that “Anyone who lifts their head from this test packet will automatically fail the test, and ended with “How many holes are there in each ceiling tile in this room.” We naturally all looked up without thinking, and he took all our tests away from us. He was playing mind games with us…we absolutely HATED HIM!!!

            Ten years later I read in the newspaper that he had been arrested for taking photos of his wife having sex with his 1-yr-old grandson. The idiot took the film to a commercial film processing lab, and they caught him. They both went to prison. I smiled when I read it, even though it wasn’t funny.

          • commatoes

            There are some psychopathologies that I never want to understand. I want those evil oozing pustules not to know a moment of peace for the rest of their lives.

            Professor wise… I was lucky that the worst type of professor I ever had was merely boring or had a very thick accent that took about a month to understand.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        Especially the specific types of refineries that can handle tar sands crude- especially ones on an international port

    • marxalot

      Hell, the Great Lakes shipping channel still works, come to that.

      • Angela Ruzzo

        Exactly.

      • Johnatx

        Can’t ship on the Great Lakes in winter.

        • Indeniable Ron

          And the typical tanker can’t navigate the Seaway’s small locks.

        • marxalot

          Summon the ski-do navy!

    • Johnatx

      The oil is heavy. Refineries on the Gulf Coast are set up to refine heavy oil. The supply of heavy oil from Venezuela is much less than previous years. Gulf refineries have excess capacity

    • Johnatx

      Profit margins in downstream are fairly small. Refineries are extremely expensive to build. Essentially no new refineries have been built in the US in a longtime

    • keinsignal

      Two explanations leap to mind here.

      The first is geology – to go west, the pipeline has to go through or over the Rocky Mountains. That introduces some obvious complications. Heading due south, it’s flatlands and prairies pretty much all the way.

      The second is politics. At this point, the US is Canada’s Mexico – a great place to run some of the less-ethical arms of your multibillion-dollar conglomerate, free from pesky concerns like effective environmental controls, competent government auditors, or worker safety laws.

  • Don’t worry, once we’ve poisoned the waters and turned the Earth into a barely hospitable oven, I’m sure we can all get jobs, which will help pay for our chemotherapy, by building climate controlled biodomes for oil executives .

    • TJ Barke

      It’ll be fine because Jesus is totally coming back any day now… any day now…

      • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

        I believe he already came back. He couldn’t get into the U.S. because, brown.

        • Angela Ruzzo

          Jeeze, you make me think of my mother who totally hated the hippies back in the 60’s, especially the men with long hair and beards wearing flowing robes and sandals. She’d make this sound of disgust in her throat and call them Jesus Freaks. Meanwhile, I was thinking “If Jesus came back looking like he did 2000 years ago and he walked into our church, all the white people would make sounds of disgust like my mother, and kick him out.” I was 12 years old and I kinda sorta hoped I would get to see this happen, but it didn’t.

          • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

            That would’ve been cool to see for a 12 year old! I think my mom and your mom would’ve been friends. Mine was a ward captain in Texas for Wallace. BUT, she could read my mind and would’ve given me a smack for thinking about church like that.

          • Angela Ruzzo

            My mother could read minds from a mile away AND she had three sets of eyes in the back of her head. In other ways, she was very liberal, but she just had this thing about men with long hair and beards which I could not get her to explain.

          • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

            A mystery! She sounds fun though.

    • Angela Ruzzo

      I want to be a house slave when that happens, preferably a kitchen slave…you get all the leftovers from the Big Table.

      • If you think very carefully about what rich old conservative CEOs and lawmakers look like, I think you’ll agree that death by mega-hurricane or Waterworld is the better choice.

      • Naytch

        Not House Harkonnen! Heartplugs! {shudder}

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  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Say, you know what else degrades and fails over time?

    • Marion in Savannah

      Me.

    • JohnBull

      Lenin? Yes, it’s really happening. Just look closer.

    • natoslug

      My knees? My sanity?

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      It was only that one time! I had a bit too much to drink and I was tired! It happens to all of us!

    • BloviateMe

      They make pills for that now, so stop laughing at me!

    • TJ Barke

      My patience?

    • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

      Clocks?

    • marxalot

      How long have you got? This is quite a list.

      • keinsignal

        Thermodynamics Rule 2. No Exceptions.

    • SeeTrain65

      Trump’s brain?

      Sorry, that was born degraded.

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    This is why we can’t have nice things…

    • BloviateMe

      Somehow, I always knew Nebraska was behind everything un-nice. Those fuckers.

  • Crystalclear12

    It’s amazing people that short sighted are allowed to drive.

  • h4rr4r

    Why do they bury them?

    Seems like putting them above ground would allow for faster detection and make it easy to install multiple pipes inside each other to provide for more reliability.

    • jesterpunk

      But if you bury them then the problem is harder to see, problem solved.

      • WotsAllThisThen

        And then they don’t ruin the views, like windmills.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Turns it into a giant, thousand mile long wall

    • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

      Two reasons: pipelines that are underground aren’t subject to weather effects, and are able to be grounded more easily (all that fluid flowing thru them actually causes a static electrical charge, and would blow up if the line weren’t grounded properly).

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        There are actually elevated portions in Alaska, but that’s mostly due to permafrost being incredibly hard to deal with- but it makes it far more complicated and expensive.

      • h4rr4r

        When I lived in AK we would go see the transalaska pipeline and watch the animals in winter. That was all above ground.

        • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

          It’s tough to dig in AK. It’s not that you can’t put them aboveground, but it really doesn’t buy you anything, and can be more of a problem than putting them underground.

          • h4rr4r

            I would think it would improve the speed and accuracy of inspection.

            The NRC demands that all kinds of reactor piping be visible for just this reason. Different fluids, but similar idea. There are two kinds of plumbing/piping, the kind that leaks and the kind that will leak.

          • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

            In the petrochemical industry, the majority of pipeline integrity is tested INTERNALLY to the pipeline, using PIGs and Smart-PIGs, because that’s where pipeline fluids do the most damage – they’re more corrosive than groundwater. Especially if the pipe is underground, where you don’t have to keep painting to prevent external pitting.

          • h4rr4r

            Then why are there so many leaks?

            I am not saying that moving aboveground solves it, only that pretty much anything might be an improvement. Ideally they would simply be required to pay for any and all cleanup, with no corporate veil. If we have to sell the CEOs car, fine.

          • Paul

            Because running those PIGS costs money. Expensive to buy and operate. Also the pipeline is DOWN during inspections and that means dollars aren’t flowing out of the other end. They got busted cooking the inspection books at a large spill. IIRC.

            Kinda’ like mine inspections. They cost bucks so who gives a shit about safety when Mammon roars.

          • h4rr4r

            When I toured the trans alaska pipeline I thought they said they ran PIGS and product at the same time…

          • Paul

            OK. All the more reason to do the inspections.

  • Marion in Savannah

    Charlie Pierce points out that it may be a bit early to panic:

    http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a13811269/keystone-pipeline-spill-approval/

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      How about that? One of the republicans broke rank…

      This is also why it’s so incredibly important that liberals learn to vote in all those unsexy elections- most of the ratfucking in this country takes place in county boards, state legislatures, various elected and appointed commissions- but if the only thing to get your lazy ass to the polls is a presidential election, you’ve already lost.

      • Marion in Savannah

        Yes!!!

      • georgiaburning

        Agreed. Much as we snigger or shrug at these county elections, the people chosen may wield great power.

        • Zippy W Pinhead

          Most of the daily crap we deal with starts at the county or municipal level- much of the reason clean energy is having a tough time is because they were smart enough to pack state commissions with industry shills.

      • jesterpunk

        But voting is hard, what if I just complain online how no candidate is pure enough for me? Will that count for 5 times the votes?

        • JustDon’tSayConfabulation

          That ought to land on a few noses.

        • Beelzebubba

          “Will that count for 5 times the votes?”

          No, it will count as one vote . . . for the Refucklicans. Sleep well, dumbshits.

          • jesterpunk

            Can you tell everyone who sat on their ass last year instead of voting in the election that please? (I was making fun of them by the way with my comment)

      • commatoes

        Koch bros regard these elections as the feeders for higher office. They actually donate to state an muni candidates.

    • bbayliss

      Charlie Pierce is my prose hero,
      “…the Keystone XL pipeline, the continent-spanning death funnel and longtime conservative fetish object”

  • WotsAllThisThen

    Pipeline safety is a federal issue. Also, we don’t want the feds coming in here and telling us what to do with our pipeline!

    • BloviateMe

      Seriously, it’s funny to seem them shape-shift as needed on states rights.

    • Regret

      “pipeline safety is a federal responsibility and should not factor in the state decision.”
      That statement is a total non-sequitur.
      “A truck driving through my house is the responsibility of the truck driver, so I should not have an opinion about that.”

      “Not kicking kittens is the responsibility of the kitten’s owner, so I should not hate him for doing so.”

    • Bad Scooter

      ffs, i thought the Feds required double containment of the pipeline so spills like the one pictured above wouldn’t happen? or was that an Obama regulation that’s already been you’re fired? or a best-practices fever dream i had last year around this time when the Lakota tribe was protesting in ND?

      this is why we can’t have nice things. people want to fuck it all up for $.

  • Ali | A Grumpy Cat

    Should I start hating Canada now?

  • Bub, the cynical zombie

    “If bright water you stain with mud, you nevermore will find it fit to drink.”
    ― Aeschylus, Eumenides

    • Beelzebubba

      Who cares, if there’s a buck to be made?

  • Anna Rompage

    If you crazy leftist marxist pinko commie liberals really believe in evolution, then doesn’t it make sense that if we are exposed to more and more fossil fuel pollution, that our species will eventually adapt and that it’s really no big deal at all?

  • JackLinks

    The US exports (that is we ship oil overseas!) hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil every year, read on!

    https://www.eia.gov/dnav/pet/hist/LeafHandler.ashx?n=PET&s=MCREXUS2&f=M

    • Indeniable Ron

      Oil comes in, oil goes out, you can’t explain it!

      • Beelzebubba

        Comes in by Keystone pipeline, goes out by tanker. A dozen jobs, at best.
        You can, in fact, explain it: money. Specifically, more money for the already rich.

  • MynameisBlarney
  • Shibusa

    Was it Shakespeare who said, “Oil’s well that ends well”?

  • fawkedifiknow

    If the pipeline is as good as their beer, we’re all good and fucked.

    • JustDon’tSayConfabulation

      Moosehead libulz

    • Beelzebubba

      If the pipeline is as good as their whiskey, we’re all good and fucked.
      Also. Too.

  • jesterpunk
  • Swampay

    from the tar sands of Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast.
    to the oceans, white with foam!

    • Indeniable Ron

      BLACK with foam.

  • darnyoudarnyoutoheck

    I apologize for the tar sands and guck mined from it (them?). I’m afraid Justin-the-adorable’s dad had more than a little to do with the “development” and mining of tar sands guck.

  • Ryan Denniston

    Big deal, it’s like 0.001 Deepwater Horizon!

    • commatoes

      Somewhat like having a turd dipped in your glass of water vs. leaving it floating there.

  • Indeniable Ron

    On behalf of The World’s Best Country, I would like to apologise for Alberta. They used to be pretty cool before they developed a serious case of Ontario Envy and decided to rape their own province for those sweet, sweet petrodollars.
    The Calgary Stampede’s pretty good, though.

    • Odd Jørgensen

      That does not sound like the Norway I know and love.

  • Ryan Denniston

    ““pipeline safety is a federal responsibility and should not factor in the state decision.””

    You know what else is a Federal responsibility? Immigration enforcement, and we see how well that kept the state out of the issue.

  • WY_cryptid

    The logic behind the approval: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBSAeqdcZAM

  • BadKitty904

    Because money is more important that dead poor people.

    ~ The Republican Party

    • Beelzebubba

      “Because money is more important than people.”

      FIFY.

  • Jon Sussex

    What a heartwarming story. Now, time to get back to my Swedish death cleaning.

    • Holly

      You’re not planning on leaving us are you Jon? Or are you just doing the full purge of everything you haven’t used in 20 years. Happy döstädning

    • NorthernSaber

      “Swedish death cleaning.” Vad är det här för nånting?

      • Jon Sussex

        Döstädning blir av med tomter eller något.

        • NorthernSaber

          Oj… det låter allvarligt. Har varit I Sverige (Uppsala och Umeå) flera gånger men aldrig hade jag hört detta uttryck. Tack för upplysningen. MVH- NorthernSaber.

  • Bitter Scribe

    I do NOT understand why it’s so goddamned important for the United States to provide an easy way for Canada to ship its oil across our country so it can be sold beyond our shores. How does this benefit us in any way? If the Albertans want to trash their environment to produce tar sand oil, I guess that’s their business, but why should we have to help them sell the stuff?

    • Snarfyguy

      Can’t you read – we get a whopping 35 jobs out of the deal!

      ; )

      • Bitter Scribe

        Plus just think of all the temporary jobs that will be created patching cracks and cleaning up spilled water. And don’t forget the surge in demand for health care services once people start drinking water laden with carcinogens.

        • Snarfyguy

          Forward thinking!

    • Tom Mears

      The US federal government collects taxes on oil transported and sold in the US. The owners of the pipeline collect fees as well. An ownership interest in those fees can be sold to investors and can be used as a type of tax dodge.

      • Beelzebubba

        Under Il Douche, that counts toward the national economy. Nebraska’s elected officials will be pumping their “campaign contributions” into the economy as well, so it’s a win-win proposition.
        (Unless, of course, you live in Wisconsin, but fuck those people, right?)

    • this country says it’s about

      It’s not important for the US – it’s important for the Kochs. Don’t you know them getting even richer should be our highest priority?

  • OrG

    Hope you fuckers like drinking oil.

  • Relativicus

    “According to legislators, according to the AP, ‘pipeline safety is a federal responsibility and should not factor in the state decision.’”

    Nebraska is a Sanctuary State? I did not know that.

  • James

    As I noted when someone asked me about this over at LGF, the fight is hardly over yet here (since I live in the Nebraska Sandhills).

    The Public Service Commission apparently approved the new route without notifying the landowners along that route (so they could testify). That means more lawsuits are coming. (The previous lawsuits were over the state violating the state constitution, which is why they started all over again with the permitting process.)

    TransCanada also said that due to drops in interest regarding purchasing their tar sands oil, along with the worldwide glut of oil, the project may be financially unfeasible. They are going to make a final decision next month whether to abandon the project or no.

  • President in Exile Firefly

    Think of all the jobs that will be created! Oil spills don’t clean themselves.

    • James

      Right now more lawyer jobs are being created than anything.

      • Rickyphoo

        I know. My niece just got her law license a year ago and already she’s heading up a division of a law firm fighting the dumpster fire’s immigration excesses.

    • The Militant Homosexual Agenda

      Yeah, right after Trump gave all of our paper towels to Puerto Rico. Thanks Obama!

    • Axomamma

      Except that once Trump’s done with our environmental laws, there won’t be a federal government to pay for cleanup. I hope you don’t think states will do it. How long have residents of Flint, Michigan been without potable water?

  • What does she mean “No infrastructure ever designed has lasted for eternity”?

    What about those pyramids, which, despite a couple of scare setbacks, are STILL keeping mummies from running rampant amongst the living.

    And, of course, the Great Wall of China is still keeping dragons or some shit on the other side, right?

    C’mon! Learn your history, lady!

    • The Militant Homosexual Agenda

      Eternity? Two years? What’s the diff?

    • Alexander Stallwitz

      There are Roman Aqueducts that are still in use to this day and a lot of roads in Europe that are built on the old roman roads too.

      • I had actually thought of those, but I wasn’t absolutely certain that any of them were still really being used.

  • Zyxomma

    Of course, tar sands sludge doesn’t belong anywhere NEAR drinking or irrigation water, but since the Ogallala Aquifer is being pumped out much faster than it’s being replenished, maybe it won’t even be there to be trashed. #WaterKeeper

    • mailman27

      Reluctant upvote:(

    • Heyzeus Ahchay

      No need to worry. With decades of having pesticides, herbacides, and acres of cow and pig shit leaching into the ground water, no one will notice the taste of a little oil.

  • Heyzeus Ahchay

    “pipeline safety is a federal responsibility and should not factor in the state decision.”

    Does that mean when the pipeline ruptures, the oil is only going to spill in the federal and not in the state?

    At least it was 3-2 and not 5-0, indicating that not everyone in Nebr-nebr land is an idiot.

  • Marc Berrenson

    Maybe Trump can get some clean coal to sop it up.

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  • VirginiaMorningBlend

    Too bad Canada doesn’t have a coast of its own to ship oil from. Did the St. Lawrence dry up? Or is it closer to refineries if you pipe it to Texas? Why are we still so damned focused on fossil fuels? I know, I know, $$$$$$ for certain people.

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