Newspaper article The Canadian Press

A Whiff of Falsehood: Cow Pasture Carries Evidence Debunking Obama KXL Claim

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

A Whiff of Falsehood: Cow Pasture Carries Evidence Debunking Obama KXL Claim

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Obama KXL claim debunked in a Montana field


BAKER, Mont. - U.S. President Barack Obama's claims about the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline have been raising eyebrows lately in this tiny oil-industry town in eastern Montana.

The locals smell falsehood -- evidence of it lies in a cow pasture just outside their town.

The scent of untruth emanates from Obama's oft-repeated claim that the pipeline would simply ship Canadian oil, a statement he's made several times while talking down the project's economic benefit for Americans.

"This is Canadian oil -- this isn't U.S. oil," Obama said last November.

That came as news to Jerrid Geving.

Geving owns the land where Keystone XL would take in oil that, according to the president, doesn't exist -- up to 100,000 barrels a day of American crude, from North Dakota and Montana.

Geving's family has agreed to sell seven per cent of its land to TransCanada Corp. for an on-ramp to the pipeline -- where storage tanks and a pump station would send U.S. crude into Keystone. It's on a multi-generational family property, off a dirt road up a hill from the town of 1,800.

If Obama ever approves the pipeline, the cows grazing there would be pushed to the 93 per cent of the property that would remain pasture.

Since he's already got a deal to be paid up to $1,800 an acre by TransCanada Corp., plus bonuses, he's a little perplexed to hear the president say there'd be no U.S. oil involved.

"I don't believe that's true," Geving said. "He needs to look into knowing everything."

Obama's every statement on the pipeline is being carefully scrutinized in anticipation of a final decision on whether to grant a border permit for the project.

Pending that decision, hundreds of kilometres of pipe are currently piled up in a yard about an hour east of Baker, in Gascoyne, N.D. Local politicians say they'd rather see that pipe in the ground.

The annual property taxes from the pipeline would boost Fallon County's revenues by 64 per cent and increase those in some neighbouring counties by as much as 117 per cent, according to a U.S. State Department study.

That would help with roads, sewage, and airport maintenance in the county of 2,800, said county commissioner Bill Randash. …

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