Why Electric Cars are Better: Massive Keystone Pipeline Oil Leak Twice as bad as Thought

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The spill gave further ammunition to environmental groups and other U.S. opponents of another pipeline the company has proposed, the long-delayed Keystone XL.

The Keystone crude oil pipeline leak in November in rural South Dakota was nearly double the original estimate, making it one of the largest U.S. inland spills since 2010, a newspaper report said Saturday.

Robynn Tysver, a spokeswoman for Calgary-based TransCanada Corp, which owns the pipeline, told the Aberdeen American News some 9,700 barrels of oil leaked in the Nov. 16 spill, the South Dakota paper reported. The original estimate was 5,000 barrels.

The spill gave further ammunition to environmental groups and other U.S. opponents of another pipeline the company has proposed, the long-delayed Keystone XL.

TransCanada had shut down the 590,000 barrel-per-day pipeline, one of Canada’s main crude export routes linking Alberta’s oil fields to U.S. refineries, immediately following the spill. Operations were restarted less than two weeks later.

The TransCanada spokeswoman told the newspaper repairs have been made on the pipeline and a clean-up conducted. “We have replaced the last of the topsoil and have seeded the impacted area,” Tysver said in an email sent to the American News late Friday evening, the paper said.

Keystone has leaked substantially more oil, and more often, in the United States than the company indicated to regulators in risk assessments before operations began in 2010, according to documents reviewed by Reuters.

The leak and others in the U.S. come less than two years after massive protests were organized in North Dakota by Standing Rock Sioux Tribe water protectors and their allies against the Dakota Access pipeline, demanding its cancellation as it was being built on sacred lands and could damage their water sources.

The action against the US$3.8 billion pipeline had attracted more than 300 Native American tribes from across the United States in a show of unity that is being called historic.

Via TeleSur

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2 Responses

  1. Describing the Keystone Pipeline as an “OIL” pipeline is a misnomer tantamount to a LIE!

    The product being delivered from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf Coast in Texas is diluted bitumen or “dilbit” which contains so little crude oil (<20%) the Texas Railroad Commission (TRC) does not consider dilbit to be taxable as a petroleum product. As dilbit contains hydrocarbons at extreme ends of the viscosity range, the material can be more difficult to process than typical crude oil and leaves behind megatons of refinery waste called “petcoke” which is sold to poorer countries as the dirtiest fuel source known to man. Petcoke is atmospheric poison in it’s purest form. The EPA has banned it’s use within the U.S. except as raw material to process for use in the manufacture of high explosives.

    Dilbit must be diluted with toxic solvents (naptha) and heated to transport, the highest pipe temperature is expected to remain below 120°F for dilbit to flow through a pipeline which makes operation of the heated pipeline very ENERGY INTENSIVE (who pays for that?). The tar sands bitumen is basically gritty asphalt in consistency unless heated and diluted. And far MORE poisonous than crude oil if leaked into our environment.

    Look up Oxbow Carbon LLC and who owns it?
    link to oxbow.com

    The founder and Chief Executive Officer of Oxbow Carbon LLC, William (Bill) Koch has built one of the largest marketing companies of fuel-grade and calcined petroleum coke in the world. The administration push for the Keystone XL pipeline is the blatantly OBVIOUS pay back for the MiLLIONS in dark money given to elect Trump as President.

  2. that stuff coming out of Alberta is something akin to tar and its dangerous. Kinder Morgan is trying to double their pipeline to Burnaby, B.C. and then increase tanker traffic in the Vancouver harbour from one ship a week to 5. this will not end well. That tar in our ocean will be the end of a lot of sea life and it will end up in the ocean. Tax payers will have to foot the bill.

    it isn’t just American money involved in this. those oil companies in Alberta are owned in large part by Communist China. Not a great progressive country and they don’t care about our environment.

    Now we have a lovely little show down coming. B.C. has an N.D.P. government as does Alberta. They see things very differently though. Now the P.M. is coming back from Peru to try to settle it.

    the sooner we keep Alberta tar in the ground or refine it in Alberta the better off we in Canada and the U.S.A. will all be. when the spills come its the citizens who pay, in taxes, health, environment and all the sea life. On the other hand the governments which permit this to go on, were all voted into office by we the citizens, even if we didn’t actually vote for some of them.

    We don’t need any of this tar. We have electrical power either from solar or we have more than a few dams in Canada.

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