Leaks, Lies Discovered In U.S.-Canada Keystone Pipeline

Opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline resumed their criticism of State Department plans to extend the oil pipeline as leaks prompted a one-week shutdown.

TransCanada needs to extend the massive pipeline in order to get crude extracted from the controversial Canadian oil sands to refineries in the Southern U.S., but the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday, it is still dissatisfied with the State Department’s supplemental environmental review, issued in April

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USA Today reports that, in the last month alone, two leaks “in the existing one-year-old pipeline prompted the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to demand that the owner — Calgary-based TransCanada — take corrective action. The company shut the pipeline May 29 and after making repairs, the agency Saturday approved its reopening, which followed on Sunday.”

According to the National Response Center, the May 29th spill was one of at least 12, including the May 7th spill of more than 400 barrels (some 16,800 gallons) in North Dakota, during the Keystone I pipeline’s first year of operation.

Thankfully, the EPA does not accept the State Department’s argument that the Keystone XL pipeline will have little impact on global greenhouse gas emissions, saying that a full environmental impact review must include an estimate of the “social cost of carbon” associated with increased emissions, and consideration of emissions in Alberta from the production of the bitumen.

News that the Canadian Government has been covering up data with regard to tar sand emissions doesn’t help either:

The federal government has acknowledged that it deliberately excluded data indicating a 20 percent increase in pollution from Canada’s oilsands industry in 2009 from a recent 567-page report on climate change that it was required to submit to the United Nations.

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Copyright - David Childs: A graphic showing the horrific contrast of Boreal forest turned into open-pit mines for oil extraction in Alberta's tar sands

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Jane Warren
Jane Warren2 years ago

thanks for this.

Years ago, when we were going to school, the science teacher's mantra was to get away from selling off and/or using up our (Canada's) natural resources.
What has changed that?

Patricia Hughes
Patricia Hughes3 years ago

This is all about the Keystone Pipeline XL which the Republicans are trying THIS WEEK to attach to any bill passed in Congress. We need to storm Congress and the White House with Call and emails NOW.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/bc-first-nations-unite-to-ban-export-of-tar-sands-oil.html#ixzz1flbpfS6o

Jerry t.
Jerold t.4 years ago

I seem to be missing something. It's Canada! What has the US to say about it? We can say something of the pipeline across our bread basket.
I guess we need something more than a little oil in the Gulf to wake up.
Let's wake up to lobbyists, then we can all just wake up.
I love the pictures of the police working for the oil industries interests.
Public servants? Good, let's put them on servitude wages and then maybe they will lose they're arrogance. All police to be paid for by the oil industry of course.
If Iran proposed this pipeline, we would have an all out war.

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle4 years ago

All I can add is DUH!!!

Carole K.
Carole K.4 years ago

A 20% INCREASE in pollution is unacceptable as we try to decrease the effects of pollution in the world.

wizzy wizard
wiz wi4 years ago

i think they could deserved another chance .as we all need fuel

Jj S.
Janice S.4 years ago

Thank you.

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Valerie A.
Valerie A.4 years ago


Charlene S.
Charlene S.4 years ago

Appreciate the posting