Keystone Pipeline Leaks Again; Fuels Argument against Keystone XL Pipeline
The Keystone Pipeline leaked 5000 barrels of crude oil in Amherst, South Dakota. The pipeline will remain closed until given the approval my strengths are to reopen by the US Pipeline And Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). This spill is the largest that has happened on the Keystone pipeline so far, and it will take quite a while to clean it up. This spill has added fuel to the fire against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which has not been built yet, even though it is been given approval by the Trump administration.
Even though this article seems to deal primarily with the economic effects of this leak, I am not going to spend much time on that particular aspect of this environmental disaster. Any oil spill is a disaster, no matter how small. However, my time is better spent dealing with the potential for a massive environmental disaster that could result if the Keystone XL pipeline is about to go forward. As far as I’m concerned, the Keystone pipeline, which has already been built and operating for quite a while, is the primary environmental threat. Hopefully, the Keystone XL pipeline will not be built, even though in my heart of hearts I know that it probably will be because fat-cat oil millionaires always seem to get their way.
That is why I’m not going to waste time talking about the economic impacts because I basically don’t give a tinker’s damn about whether or not a few greedy capitalists make money from their oil stocks. Having shown that they are the most of the economic prostitutes, or better put, corporate whores they are going to make their money no matter what I say. Why should I waste my time dealing with the obvious? However, the thought that TransCanada, the company that operates the pipeline, probably made millions of dollars from this oil spill makes me very angry.
Since the Keystone pipeline transports about 590,000 barrels of crude oil from Alberta’s oil sands to US markets in Texas, there is no justification for the Keystone XL pipeline, which is basically a shortcut. Unfortunately, this shortcut goes right through the heart of the precious Ogallala aquifer go to previous form, the primary source of potable water in the entire Midwest. Several states depend on the Ogallala aquifer for water which they used to not only irrigate their crops but consume as drinking water. It would only take only a small amount of dirty tar sands oil to pollute this entire region, thus depriving a huge amount of people drinking water. Simply put, the Keystone XL pipeline is not worth the risk.
The Keystone pipeline is more than enough to supply crude oil from Alberta to Texas. Building the Keystone XL pipeline, which is basically a shortcut for the existing pipeline, is not only unjustified but potentially greatly hazardous to the environment. It should be stopped at all costs.