Keystone Pipeline Does as Experts Predicted, Spills 383,000 Gallons of Oil in North Dakota | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Keystone Pipeline Does as Experts Predicted, Spills 383,000 Gallons of Oil in North Dakota

Yesterday, the Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 383,000 gallons (9,120 barrels) of oil into wetlands in North Dakota. The leak is already the eighth-largest pipeline oil spill of the last decade. The tar sands oil transported through the Keystone pipeline is particularly hard to clean up because, unlike crude oil, it sinks in water.

Keystone operator TC Energy’s (formerly TransCanada) alarming spill and safety record has come under scrutiny as it attempts to build the controversial and much larger Keystone XL pipeline through the midwestern United States and Indigenous treaty lands.

In response, Greenpeace USA Senior Research Specialist Tim Donaghy said:

“I wish I could say I was shocked, but a major spill from the Keystone pipeline is exactly what multiple experts predicted would happen. In fact, this is the fourth significant spill from the Keystone pipeline in less than ten years of operation. History has shown us time and again that there is no safe way to transport fossil fuels, and pipelines are no exception. In the last ten years, US pipeline spills have led to 20 fatalities, 35 injuries, $2.6 billion in costs, and more than 34 million gallons spilled. New pipelines are locking us into carbon emissions that will push our climate past safe limits. That is not the future I want for my children.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wow! I didn't know that the numbers here were so staggering; but in terms of donations to state, and national candidates, oil companies have them.... how can I say this delicately... by a VERY sensitive part of the human anatomy, not to mention their campaign wallets.

And let's remember the very disturbing legislation which has been passed in a number of states, as noted by the following article from theguardian.com:

Wave of new laws aim to stifle anti-pipeline protests, activists say.

Our indigenous First Peoples tried to tell us, from the get-go, that Keystone Pipeline would create massive problems, as have other pipeline projects, due to cavalier, as-cheap-as-possible, adherence to safety standards; this accident has absolutely proven them right.

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