Keystone pipeline will be disastrous


TransCanada Corporation

Unfortunately for the environment, construction for the Keystone Pipeline is underway in North Dakota. The pipeline is just four feet below the surface.

The Keystone XL pipeline is a giant explosion waiting to happen.

America’s dependence on oil has finally gone too far. The solution to our reliance on foreign oil is not to drill on our own soil or rely on oil from Canada.

The recent British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf Coast should have given any supporter of oil as our main source of energy for industry a wake up call. Oil is dangerous and the effects of oil related disasters are crippling on the environment and the surrounding communities.

Today, many Americans don’t understand the threat to the environment that the mining of Tar Sands oil poses. Nikki Skuce, senior energy campaigner with ForestEthics, works to block the Keystone Pipeline in America. “Tar Sands oil pipelines represent an unacceptable risk to our health and safety, and the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline is not in Canada’s national interest.”

The Keystone pipeline will require the use of Tar Sands that require water and energy resources that produce global warming pollution and toxic waste. Once the pipeline is built, Tar Sand fuel would travel to our American refineries where it would need further cleansing which would result in far more toxic waste than conventional oil and we would have to dispose of it.

The effects of a pipeline break carrying this fuel would be devastating to the surrounding environment.  The sludge oil carried in the pipeline would wreak havoc on any of the areas if a break or leak were to occur, and would cause millions to have to cleanup the mess. Actor Robert Redford recognized the harmful effects of transcontinental oil pipelines in Reader Supported News. “A first pipeline just like the proposed Keystone XL, built by the same foreign company, TransCanada, had over twelve spills in the U.S. (thirty if you count Canada) in just its first year of operation. Some of those spills have yet to be cleaned up.”

It would not be easy to patrol the pipeline in order to prevent terrorist threats aimed at destroying it. Gal Luft, executive director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security, wrote that pipeline sabotage has become a terrorist “weapon of choice.” Although there is the argument that that we already have pipelines, nuclear refineries and other possible targets, why would we want to add to the list of possible targets? Especially since this particular target covers 1,661 miles and goes through six states.

There are many arguments against the Keystone XL pipeline: health and safety; global warming and toxic waste; environmental spills; and potential terrorist target.  The explosion of any of these threats could be devastating to the U.S.