Proposed Keystone Pipeline Could Be Used To Remove Water


The Council of Canadians and Food & Water Watch are concerned that the proposed Keystone Pipeline, which would transport Alberta’s oil mined from shale to Texas refineries, could be used for water removal from the Ogallala aquifer. The Ogallala aquifer is located in eight states in the high plains region of the U.S., extending from South Dakota to western Texas. It is seriously overdrawn due to the current rate of use, according to the Water Encyclopedia. If the current rate of use continues, it could be depleted in a couple of decades.

TransCanada pipelines operations director Jim Krause testified at the Nebraska state assembly months ago that the proposed pipelines could be used to mine or transport water from the Ogallala aquifer.

Jim Krause said at the hearing that “if the pipeline is not needed for oil somewhere down the road and there is no other use for any other product to go through that pipe, let’s say gasoline, or maybe by that time in the future, water, then the pipeline needs to…follow very stringent processes to be taken out of service.”

David Brauer from the Ogallala Research Service, a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has been quoted in media reports saying, ‘The Ogallala supply is going to run out and the Plains will become uneconomical to farm. That is beyond reasonable argument. Our goal now is to engineer a soft landing. That’s all we can do.”

“This revelation further confirms the need for the Keystone Pipeline to be stopped,” says Maude Barlow, chairperson of the Council of Canadians and Food & Water Watch. “TransCanada is showing us just how deeply interconnected the water and climate crises are by trying to dramatically expand the tar sands, the fastest growing source of climate change pollution in Canada, while seeking to profit from water shortages caused by climate change.”

“It’s widely recognized that the Ogallala, which serves as the breadbasket of the U.S., is already in dire straits. The fact that pipeline proponents are already considering using the Keystone pipeline for water proves just how irresponsible this project is in its entirety,” says Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch.

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Past Member
Past Member 4 years ago

No consideration for any form LIFE - "Until everything last thing has been destroyed, chopped down and/or poisoned... wish I could see these people eat & drink money"

Grace Adams
Grace Adams4 years ago

Pumping all that fresh water out of the Ogalla aquifier and dumping it on land where it will eventually run into the ocean will aggravate the coastal flooding from all the ice melting. Yikes!!

Ernest R.
Ernest R.4 years ago

I am afraid the time of permitted peaceful protest is over. Remember what happened when Tzarist Russia sent out the Cossacks.

Jamie Clemons
Jamie Clemons4 years ago

Socialism may not be perfect but capitalism is sure going to destroy the whole planet as fast as it can.

John Reinfort
John R.4 years ago

The two most valuable things in the world, and they don't mix well. Oil and Water.

Kate R.
Amanda R.4 years ago

Whoever thought this pipeline was a good idea is a moron. This is sooooo not a good idea.

Cheryl M. D.
Cheryl Dare4 years ago

Think of how filthy that pipeline would be after it transported all that dirty corrosive tar sands oil. Who would want to drink water from that pipeline? Stop the pipeline now before there is a leak.

Vivianne Mosca-Clark

This 'wonderful' pipe line leaks...has had about 3 leaks so far..and it isn't even hardly started.

bob m.
bob m.4 years ago

Water is the heritage of tomorrows children; it belongs to the people.
It is not a commercial toy (crap shoot). A multinational peoples class action suite is a necessity.If the average person can keep the fantasies of lottery rich in is possible
to present a litigation of great power and purpose before the courts which will bring "business as usual" to a very dry STOP.

Grace B.
Grace B.4 years ago

Say No To Tar Sands ! ! ! ! ! !

Think outside the Gas Can!!!!!!!!!!