Petroleum Coke and Its Effects on the Environment

Petroleum Refinery

Now that Nebraska governor Dave Heineman has approved the Keystone XL pipeline route around the Sand Hills (but still through the Ogallala Aquifer’s recharge zones), the decision whether and when to approve the pipeline rests with President Obama. Four days before Obama’s second inauguration, the State Department received a new report on petroleum coke and its effects on the environment.

Petroleum coke is a byproduct of the oil refining process. Depending on the type of oil processed, the petroleum coke might be of high quality and used for industrial applications or it might be of low quality and burn with a high amount of sulfur and carbon dioxide emissions. The oil that comes from the Tar Sands region of Alberta, Canada produces the latter type of petroleum coke.

State Department Receives New Report On Climate Effects Of Keystone Pipeline (via Planetsave)

Four days before President Obama promised, during his second inauguration address, to combat climate change, officials at the US State Department received a new report by scientists which details how a particular byproduct of the Keystone XL pipeline — “Petroleum Coke” — renders the project…

Petroleum refinery photo via Shutterstock

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