Letter: Energy facts

March 7, 2014 

Letter: Energy facts

A recent letter stated that under President Obama, oil and gas production soared and implied that the environmental impact statement stated that not approving Keystone XL Pipeline will reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Facts contradict the statement and the implication.

The most recent Congressional Research Service Report shows oil and gas production has declined on all federal areas (controlled by the Obama administration) from 1,731,500 barrels per day in 2009 to 1,627,400 barrels per day in 2012 -- a 6 percent decline. During this period, production on all nonfederal areas (not controlled by Obama) increased from 5,219,300 bpd to 6,208,200 bpd -- an 18.9 percent increase).

The letter ignores that the EIS also states, "Modeling results indicate that severe pipeline constraints reduce the prices received by bitumen producers by up to $8 per barrel, but not enough to curtail most oil sands growth plans."

Because of this, the EIS examines alternative shipping methods to the pipeline (called no-action scenarios) since the bitumen will likely be extracted whether the pipeline is built or not.

The EIS also states, "The total annual green house gas emissions (direct and indirect) attributed to the no-action scenarios range from 28 percent to 42 percent greater than for the proposed Pipeline Project."

TOM KELLEY, Richland

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