A Step In The Wrong Direction For The Keystone XL Pipeline
People on both sides of the Alberta Oil Sands project are waiting to hear President Obama’s decision concerning the 1,700 mile Keystone XL pipeline that would run from Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico. Unfortunately for those who are against the pipeline, the American State Department has written a report stating that “there would be no significant impact on natural resources near the pipeline route, while also downplaying the potential for increased greenhouse gas emissions.” The report also stated that there could be one to two spills greater than 2,100 gallons (8,400 liters) per year which would not be “likely to have toxic effects on the general public.” Right. Because crude oil is a good source of fiber.
It should be noted that those numbers are probably very underestimated since the first part of the Keystone pipeline, which has been operating since June 2010, has already had fourteen spills. That’s an average of 12 spills per year.
Take a look at the report below. You might enjoy the sarcasm near the end.