Emails Show Jeb Bush Sought to Boost Keystone XL’s Predecessor

A 2006 email shows the then-Florida governor pledging to help an engineering company get faster action on an oil-sands pipeline from federal officials.

Former Fl. Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at the Republican National Convention. 
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Feb. 10, 2015, 10:40 a.m.

Jeb Bush, who is weigh­ing a 2016 White House run, pledged to help get Tran­sCanada’s Key­stone pipeline sys­tem go­ing long be­fore the fi­nal phase of the pro­ject be­came a high-pro­file battle­ground over cli­mate change and en­ergy se­cur­ity.

Newly re­leased emails from Bush’s time as Flor­ida’s gov­ernor in­clude a 2006 ex­change with an en­gin­eer­ing com­pany work­ing on the first phase of Tran­sCanada Corp.’s Key­stone sys­tem, which brings crude from Al­berta’s oil sands to U.S. mar­kets.

The of­fi­cial with the com­pany Trow (which is now called Exp), in a Ju­ly 12, 2006 email, com­plained that the State De­part­ment was drag­ging its feet on launch­ing en­vir­on­ment­al re­view of a per­mit re­quest for the pipeline filed in April of that year.

The Trow of­fi­cial, Mike Koski, em­phas­ized that the pro­ject was bring­ing work to the com­pany’s Tal­l­a­hassee of­fice and that they hoped to bring more work­ers there.

“We have had nu­mer­ous meet­ings with the DOS and have filed a pres­id­en­tial per­mit ap­plic­a­tion and sup­port­ing En­vir­on­ment­al Re­port to ini­ti­ate the [Na­tion­al En­vir­on­ment­al Policy Act] re­view. This was filed April 20th. To date there has been vir­tu­ally no ac­tion from the DOS on the mat­ter,” he wrote in the mes­sage to Bush.

The same day, Bush replied: “I don’t know how to get them to get mov­ing but I will get our DC of­fice to find out.”

On Ju­ly 21, Koski replied that Bush ap­peared to have got­ten res­ults.

Koski wrote back to Bush: “I don’t know what you and your staff did, but after 2 months of try­ing everything we could do, the pro­cess seems to have star­ted. We have a meet­ing with DOS Monday to ini­ti­ate the [En­vir­on­ment­al Im­pact State­ment] pro­cess. Thank you!!” Koski ad­ded that he already thanked Bush’s Wash­ing­ton, D.C. of­fice.

Later that day Bush replied with one word: “Great!”

The Key­stone mes­sages are part of a massive trove of email cor­res­pond­ence from Bush’s two terms as Flor­ida gov­ernor, cov­er­ing 1999 to 2007, that he re­leased Tues­day.

The first phase of the Key­stone pipeline sys­tem, which brings hun­dreds of thou­sands of bar­rels of oil each day from Al­berta to re­finer­ies and ter­min­als in Illinois and Ok­lahoma, was ap­proved in 2008 and began op­er­a­tions in 2010.

But a sep­ar­ate phase of the pro­ject, a new pipeline called Key­stone XL that would also bring oil-sands crude in­to the U.S., is still un­der Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion re­view. Exp has also worked on Key­stone XL.

Key­stone XL is at the heart of a huge, on­go­ing polit­ic­al and lob­by­ing battle. En­vir­on­ment­al­ists are fight­ing the pro­ject, con­tend­ing that adding hun­dreds of thou­sands of bar­rels per day in new pipeline ca­pa­city out of Al­berta will hasten ex­pan­ded de­vel­op­ment of car­bon-in­tens­ive oil-sands pro­jects.

Oil-in­dustry groups and a num­ber of uni­ons con­test the claims and are push­ing hard for the pro­ject, which they say is a way to boost en­ergy se­cur­ity and cre­ate jobs.

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