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Supporters call for Keystone XL pipeline approval at N.H. State House rally

  • Republican US Senate candidate Scott Brown greets those attending a rally and barbecue in support of the Keystone Pipeline on the State House Lawn on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Republican US Senate candidate Scott Brown greets those attending a rally and barbecue in support of the Keystone Pipeline on the State House Lawn on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Bob Surtees helps to put up a banner for the New Hampshire Energy Forum during a rally and barbecue in support of the Keystone Pipeline on the State House Lawn on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Bob Surtees helps to put up a banner for the New Hampshire Energy Forum during a rally and barbecue in support of the Keystone Pipeline on the State House Lawn on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Rep. Edmond Gionet, a Lincoln Republican, signs a NH Energy Forum poster that says "President Obama: Approve this pipeline NOW" during a rally and barbecue in support of the Keystone Pipeline on the State House Lawn on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Rep. Edmond Gionet, a Lincoln Republican, signs a NH Energy Forum poster that says "President Obama: Approve this pipeline NOW" during a rally and barbecue in support of the Keystone Pipeline on the State House Lawn on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Republican US Senate candidate Scott Brown talks to Franklin Mayor Ken Merrifield while attending a rally and barbecue in support of the Keystone Pipeline on the State House Lawn on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Republican US Senate candidate Scott Brown talks to Franklin Mayor Ken Merrifield while attending a rally and barbecue in support of the Keystone Pipeline on the State House Lawn on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Republican US Senate candidate Scott Brown greets those attending a rally and barbecue in support of the Keystone Pipeline on the State House Lawn on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Bob Surtees helps to put up a banner for the New Hampshire Energy Forum during a rally and barbecue in support of the Keystone Pipeline on the State House Lawn on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Rep. Edmond Gionet, a Lincoln Republican, signs a NH Energy Forum poster that says "President Obama: Approve this pipeline NOW" during a rally and barbecue in support of the Keystone Pipeline on the State House Lawn on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Republican US Senate candidate Scott Brown talks to Franklin Mayor Ken Merrifield while attending a rally and barbecue in support of the Keystone Pipeline on the State House Lawn on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

What can the Keystone XL pipeline do for New Hampshire? A lot, said a mix of union representatives, business people, lawmakers and U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown at a barbecue rally in front of the State House in Concord yesterday.

At the afternoon event hosted by New Hampshire Energy Forum, speakers called for federal approval of the $5.3 billion project that has been stalled for several years in the authorization process.

Once passed, they said, construction of the proposed 1,179-mile oil pipeline across several Midwestern states would create jobs, help grow the national economy and increase energy security – all of which would benefit New Hampshire.

“When a project like that gets passed, it helps the construction industry nationwide,” said speaker Richard Laughton of the Local 633 Teamsters Union after the rally. “For New Hampshire, maybe it will make people think more about Northern Pass and some other projects here that we need to build and puts more energy into New Hampshire.”

The proposed pipeline would carry up to 830,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada to refineries in the Midwest and on the Gulf Coast, according to the TransCanada website. The project application is awaiting approval from the U.S. State Department, an overseer because the pipeline crosses an international border. The proposed pipeline has run into opposition from environmental groups and politicians who have voiced concern about possible spills, among other things.

Brown, who didn’t speak during official remarks, arrived midway through the rally. Afterward, he called on U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, to join him in support of the Keystone XL pipeline, which he said will create both union and nonunion jobs and stabilize oil prices.

“It’s important to develop that very important trading relationship with Canada and then step back from our dependence on foreign oil with partners, countries that really don’t like us,” said Brown, who also wrote an op-ed in yesterday’s Union Leader voicing support for the project.

Earlier this month, the State Department announced it would delay its decision on the pipeline because of uncertainty created by an ongoing Nebraska Supreme Court case that could affect the project’s route.

The pipeline may come up for a vote in the U.S. Senate next week, in tandem with an energy efficiency bill co-sponsored by Shaheen. The type of vote, whether binding or nonbinding, is unclear. Last year, a majority of the U.S. Senate supported a largely symbolic amendment to approve the pipeline, in a nonbinding vote of 62-37.

“Sen. Shaheen doesn’t think Congress should circumvent the regular approval process for the Keystone pipeline. She believes it would set a bad precedent for similar projects,” said the senator’s communications director, Shripal Shah, in an email. “These projects should undergo a comprehensive environmental and safety review as required by law.”

Yesterday, roughly 375 people registered at the barbecue event, where burgers and hotdogs were served. Some 30 people filled the tent during remarks given by several speakers who included Laughton, Peter King of the state’s American Council of Engineering Companies, Joseph Casey of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Franklin Mayor Ken Merrifield and state Rep. Laurie Sanborn, a Bedford Republican.

The gathering was unique and exciting because it brought diverse groups together, like businesses and unions, which is very rare in New Hampshire, said Michael Dennehy, who helped organize the event.

“It just shows you, I think, that it should get built,” Laughton said.

(Allie Morris can be reached at 369-3307 or at amorris@cmonitor.com.)

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My request above is meant for BestPresidentReagan...

A recent article in the papers in England and Toronto have pointed out that Enbridge which runs the Canadian tar sands operation is shutting down a natural gas pipeline coming from Canada to the US Gulf. It will be switched to send the tar sands crude to the Gulf were it will be exported on the world market for more money than they would get in the US. The US can do nothing about it because it is a Canadian product. The number one US export in 2011 , 2012 , 2013 was oil and oil related products. It is against US law for US crude to go directly out of the US but now the refineries are doing minimal processing and calling it "oil condensate" and shipping directly out of the US.

A lot of misleading if not completely false info is being fed to Americans on this pipeline. The Keystone Pipeline Phase I, II & III have been built already and is presently in operation. The Keystone XL Pipeline is actually Phase IV and it will primarily connect Cushing Ok to Port Arthur and Houston TX. It will also reroute the existing pipeline in a more direct path but it's not like the original pipeline is not functioning as I type. People tout jobs that will be created, well that is like counting chickens before they hatch. The real estimates from TransCanada Corp, the owners of the pipeline are an eyeopener - "According to the State Department, the Keystone XL will create approximately 2,500 to 4,650 temporary jobs during construction. This data comes directly from TransCanada itself. Additional data, also from TransCanada, states that there will only be “hundreds” of permanent jobs produced, not thousands. " The actual jobs figure should be 3900 a year for 2 years. Just because Politicians don't care what lies they feed America, does not mean that you have to blindly believe. As for bring oil to the US market. just an FYI, 3/4 of the pipelines capacity has already been sold to 6 companies for EXPORT ONLY. Do a little home work , even completely ignoring the environmental groups, America has little to gain from this project except some temporary jobs and a lot of broken promises. If this isn't enough, the actual pipeline materials that TransCanada uses are actually over 50% imported from overseas.

If this enough to chew on, try this. "While their involvement with Keystone XL has largely flown under the radar, Valero was exposed in the bombshell “Exporting Energy Security: Keystone XL Exposed” (PDF) report by Oil Change International in September. The report found that, despite constant claims by TransCanada and other Keystone supporters of increased “energy security,” much of the crude that flows through Keystone XL would be exported. Valero was held up as a prime example of how and why. From that report:------------------------------------- Valero, the top beneficiary of the Keystone XL pipeline, has recently explicitly detailed an export strategy to its investors. The nation’s top refiner has locked in at least 20 percent of the pipeline’s capacity, and, because its refinery in Port Arthur is within a Foreign Trade Zone, the company will accomplish its export strategy tax free." The clincher is the last 4 words of the quote. - export strategy TAX FREE. If you want to be informed check out the mentioned report pdf., if you want to be a low informed voter keep believing the stuff they are feeding you.

Did "BestPresidentReagan" really post an observation earlier here or did someone just forget to close the barn door?

Just like the proposed no. pass project, it's another damaging, destructive, and potentially dangerous project that has no benefit to those whose lives and property would be affected. Why should so much be risked just to benefit those few who already have too much? Is it a coincidence that some of the same people that are here shilling for keystone are the same people pushing for no. pass? It seems like these two proposals have a lot in common but none of it is good. Some temporary jobs as cover for the billions for fat cats - same old story. No one is trying to buy the support of those who oppose these projects with the promise of a free lunch. People turn out by the thousands on their own dime and even donate money in an attempt to see that the best possible outcome is attained - like safe and reliable underground transmission for large scale power lines instead of vulnerable sky scraping towers. NH could use the revenue from transmission fees. Is oil from tar sands even a net gain after all the energy required to refine it? Keystone, just like no. pass is bad news.

As a state we can't even agree on the Northern Pass project and that just involves some wires and towers with zero chance of a spill. We wouldn't want people and politicians with no connection to NH telling us what to do, why should we do the same for a project with no physical impact on NH. ---------------- On the topic of energy dependence, that is a joke, right? Here is a tidbit from Faux News last October. "U.S. crude oil production in October exceeded imports for the first time in nearly two decades, starting a trend that is likely to continue for the foreseeable future as the country benefits from one of the biggest oil booms in history." So here we have a conservative source that even some of the diehards always tout. We exported more than we imported from overseas, but even with this "oil boom" has anyone noticed any drop at the pumps? We still hear the tired old lies that we need this pipeline and to open the entire coastline and arctic refuge to gain energy independence. This is about greater profits not the US consumer, so just think twice about the politicians saying we need this and need that when clearly record amounts of oil are already being exported somehow??????? Let's put the workers to work on our crumbling infrastructure not some unnecessary pipeline, at least we would stand to benefit from these jobs.

... a pipeline to export the oil. This stuff isn't coming to be used here, it is for increasing profits of those who are mining the resource while destroying the environment. For the few jobs it would temporarily generate, we get a nightmare. We wouldn't even see a reduction in the price of oil/gas/gasoline. Bad bad idea.

If a reader has any common sense they would know that the obstructionist phony baloney 5 year State Dept review is pure 100% democrat politics to appease their minuscule leftist base. It will take longer to review this extremely popular project than it will take to build the pipeline. HEADLINE : These Maps Destroy Any Objections to Keystone XL Pipeline : Washington Free Beacon, by Larry O´Connor... http://freebeacon.com/blog/these-maps-destroy-any-objections-to-keystone-xl-pipeline/. Keystone and Northern Pass have been called NATIONAL SECURITY projects by even Obama's National Security adviser.

Well the minuscule leftist base must have had a great deal of help securing Obama with a second term. What you don't know about the whole pipeline issue would fill volumes. You are aware that the pipeline is a wholly owned Canadian project, right. They bought out their American partner Conoco.

Please provide proof that Northern Pass is a NATIONAL SECURITY project.

Provide proof, you have to be kidding. From all of the past comments made his definition of proof is out of context innuendo or just a good imagination - but proof, that's only something to confuse an issue.

Tom Donilon, President Obama's former National Security Council director

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