We now know that contrary to what Big Oil and its politicians would have you believe, the Keystone XL pipeline would put hundreds of American communities and the nation’s largest freshwater aquifer at risk from oil spill contamination.
A recent report also revealed that TransCanada, the company pushing to build the Keystone XL, grossly misrepresented the number of temporary jobs the pipeline would create.
But what about the immense damage caused by the extraction of the tar sands oil before it makes its way into the pipeline?
Tar sands take 3 barrels of water to process every barrel of oil extracted. Ninety percent of this water becomes so toxic that it must be stored in tailing ponds. Unfortunately these ponds regularly leach pollution into the third largest watershed in the world.
Learn more from the video below:
Image via TarSandsAction.org