The proposed pipeline has become a political issue in both states and on national campaign stages, where it’s used to underscore energy policies of both President Barack Obama and his Republican challengers. The Keystone XL pipeline also highlights economic and environmental policy differences between Republicans and Democrats.
Oklahoma is in an unlikely economic predicament: It has too much oil.
With the proposed Keystone XL pipeline has come the claim that the crude from north of the border is uniquely risky.
The pipeline will cross the property of 850 landowners in Texas. And not all of them are happy about it.
Oklahoma landowner Sue Kelso fought TransCanada and won … sort of.
Texas politicians love giving lip service to the sanctity of private property. They also talk a lot about the benefits of the state’s robust oil and gas industry. But what happens when those two things come into conflict?