They Keystone XL pipeline has been a hot topic for debate for quite some time and, following last month's election results, a number of environmental activists are urging the president to put a stop to it.
The pipeline is designed to transport synthetic crude oil and diluted bitumen from the northern region of Alberta, Canada to a number of destinations across the United States. Environmental groups have been strongly opposed to the use of this line for a number of reasons, including the high risk of oil spills along the line's route and the fact that extracting oil from Canada's "tar sands" generates more greenhouse emissions than traditional oilfield production.
The president has the authority to stop the pipeline and, according to an article in the online publication Inside Climate News, those opposed to it are pooling their resources to present an argument to President Obama, imploring him to take action. Daniel Kessler, a spokesman for the climate action group 350.org, told the news source that putting an end to the pipeline is a top concern of many groups.
"The environmental community has established the Keystone XL as a real priority," Kessler said. "People want to stop it. They expect the president to stop it, and we're going to stop it."
One of the more compelling arguments made by the environmental community is that the United States may not need any oil from our northern neighbors. As this blog reported last month, new reports suggest the United States will soon become the world's number one oil producer and no longer require aid from foreign oil. If the pipeline is unnecessary, why risk a negative impact on the environment?
However, closing the door on this supply will put more pressure on domestic oilfield workers. Oilfield equipment such as artificial lift will become essential because the country will rely heavily on fast and efficient production from its own producers. Companies may need to contact an oilfield technologies provider to acquire the solutions needed to keep up with heavy domestic demands.