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Letter: Keystone XL pipeline threatens environment

Keystone XL pipeline threatens environment

My hopes are that there is enough opposition to stop the Keystone XL pipeline from being completed. The issues at hand are that this is a foreign company, Calgary-based TransCanada, that is building this pipeline across the U.S. It has been successful in using eminent domain to acquire rights of way across privately owned property and persuading our government to grant it immunity from civil liabilities.

Although there has been much attention to the issue in North Dakota, a real threat to our environment is running the pipeline over the Ogallala Aquifer, which is a huge underground lake in the Great Plains. Much of our nation’s agriculture is dependent on the water from this aquifer.

The oil that will be pumped through this pipeline is tar sands. To make it liquid enough to flow through the pipeline it is cut with diluted bitumen known as dilbit. The oil industry would like us to believe that this is all safe. We need to question that with its record of spills in the Kalamazoo River in Michigan and Mayflower, Ark.

The talk about all of the jobs that will be created is also misleading. Many temporary jobs in construction will be created, however, the long-term jobs in the refinery will be minimal.

This is a foreign company that stands to make large profits by taking away American property rights, eminent domain and limiting our citizens’ recourse in civil liability cases of property damage.

Gary Kenline


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