BNSF is trying to keep oil from the Galina River, just upstream from the Mississippi River. The recent spate of oil train derailments has led to calls for federal and state safety rules to address volatile Bakken oil.
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) threatened to cut thousands of park ranger and natural resource management jobs across the country -- including in her home state of Alaska -- escalating an ongoing fight with the Obama Administration over its plans to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
In many cases he referred to scientific papers or congressional testimony as "deliverables" in correspondence with his funders, which include ExxonMobil, Southern Company, the American Petroleum Institute, DonorsTrust, and the Charles G. Koch Foundation.
The country’s first planned industrial town, Pullman Historic District, was determined to be of “national significance” by the National Park Service in 2013 and was identified as a “national treasure” last year by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The EPA told the State Department approving Keystone would risk potential spills, a "significant increase in greenhouse gas emissions," and due to global oil price volatility, an increased likelihood that much more tar sands oil would get burned.
“This partnership will open up a whole new channel for private capital to come in and deliver energy savings to a population that would benefit enormously, without any new expenditure of public funds required.”