Who's to blame for pipeline delay?
Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer weighs in
- Duration 6:14
- Date Jan 18, 2012
Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer weighs in
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Thank you very much a different perspective now from a -- -- in the middle of this pipeline.
-- -- you well this line governor Brian Schweitzer Montana -- Democrat -- that governor good to have you you're you're not war.
This this delay or at least which some are saying are fearing could be an outright cancellation.
Well as usual little -- -- a lot more smoke than fire in Washington DC.
-- the biggest advocate in America for this pipeline of fact Montana permitted this pipeline.
It's already been permitted in South Dakota and Kansas this is not about Washington DC there is no road to rout in Nebraska.
-- he probably didn't have it exactly right.
You can't permit a pipeline if it's a pipeline to nowhere.
You see Nebraska called a special session to change their lives so that they won't allow this pipeline to be permitted for at least six to nine months.
We should get go on on build this pipeline but my -- -- whenever -- -- let's talk TransCanada.
I just want.
-- clear because you you you don't believe I defer to your run today expertise here.
But -- Nebraska talked about trying to find a way around is by moving it is and that was all smoke and there.
What Nebraska's 200 miles wide.
So the so would you expect -- candidate to Begin an -- 200 some miles across Montana and then South Dakota.
And then look a hundred miles to the east -- a hundred miles of the west and have no idea where they're gonna build up I saw that wouldn't have done it anyway that was justice who know more importantly that argument.
-- more important than that.
If if this didn't -- an international border we don't need Washington DC to give us states the states are the ones who give the permits.
We've given the permits and all the other states except for Nebraska but since it crosses an international border this State Department has to sign off on it.
But the State Department can't sign off on a pipeline if you don't even know what the route to -- So again Washington DC yeah hammering on.
But the fact of the matter is is that there's not going to be a permit even available to examine for another six or nine months and will not happen -- -- site.
I -- it around is that we would people -- knew what was going on they knew that these are these side issues to institute -- finalized.
And that done -- the better part of -- was just just say table it.
And that decision was made in Washington.
What cable what I mean in other words I know because I -- -- -- want to rightly identified might actually get I don't.
I sign off on pipeline permits and we've signed off quantity and Montana as they have in South Dakota but the State Department is asked to sign off on a pipeline to nowhere.
This partial and us president makes a statement like you did today that this is being -- house Republicans are rushing this on him.
What was he taught -- about.
He's talking about you can't sign this until Nebraska has a rout of Nebraska hasn't even permitted this pipeline and they won't for six or nine -- Perception that the environmentalists didn't like this they had them for real serious problems -- this -- -- the administration said -- was environmental concerns legitimate and real.
You don't think they are.
Yeah they are Nebraska they called a special session of the legislature changed their lives because the people of Nebraska said we don't want that pipeline.
They've got 161000 miles of pipelines and Nebraska but they didn't want this one.
But environmentalists who -- argued that same point in Washington.
Either didn't or we've made much ado about that reason.
More smoke more smoke not fire in Washington DC probably -- about night -- one declare governor you look forward despite going getting done.
You are saying -- its present it is not.
For not getting this done.
He is being told it's in Nebraska and that's the reason -- is not getting it done.
This department cannot sign off on -- permit and tell there is a rout in the permit application there isn't one.
So when someone submits a -- or an idea to get around that.
And they need to table and look at that a little longer you're saying that's Nebraska spoke not a Washington -- -- to do environmentalists well.
It's -- his Nebraska permits a route like we have in Montana and South Dakota and Kansas then there is a permit application that can be taken to the State Department.
This is a lot of smoke and Washington DC we need that pipeline cannot guarantee I'll bet -- -- hundred dollars right now not 101000.
I bet you -- hundred dollars we build that pipeline because America needs it is conflict -- -- -- that would isn't washing his hands -- -- -- -- that happens it's going to be on watch Simpsons you know.
That's that it didn't happen right.
And as soon as as soon as TransCanada.
Can deliver a -- completed to permit application that includes a full route then.
The Washington DC can act on -- they -- they've got a permit that they can't act on right now.
I know you like to present I know you're Democrat.
Who you're totally absolving the president for -- responsibility for -- this.
-- that I got a hold the president responsible for a lot of things but in this particular case those of us who know.
Montana South Dakota trans Canada we all know that they hang up is Nebraska sorry but I -- his -- Canada so when they're saying that that out of nowhere the president stopped -- so they line.
Well it's not out of nowhere.
The State Department makes this decision based on a completed application.
How can you call this a completed application what it's a pipelines and so you at a price weighted application lets say you did.
-- the president no reason to stop this there would be even though environmentalists -- then and are now still upset about this thing he would have gone ahead and done and regardless of their.
I can't tell you what the president would or would not have done.
I can't speak for the president I can tell you that we permitted Montana and I understand it governor you know they did popular media to edit your -- -- -- around.
Are saying that this was all ago this -- -- Nebraska notwithstanding was all of go and at the last second it was the White House.
They've pulled the rug out from your saying that is not true.
That's again the cart before the heart -- because you do not have a completed application until you have a complete pipeline.
This pipeline runs to the Nebraska border and then it just don't see -- on the prairie.
So that's not the way you do look up pipeline -- to your -- guys on Nebraska and -- Washington.
-- because the folks in Nebraska -- -- I don't know but they do -- why they call a special session as shut down the pipeline asked the people Nebraska they'll tell you what six more months minimum.
Before they're able to -- for a route and a permits.
All right we'll watch closely the governor it's always a pleasure thank you very much good visiting with his team on the deal.