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Thank you for the article. Some background information about the 12 oil spills in one year from this same company and the environmental impact follow: “Construction and operation of the Keystone Pipeline system will continue to meet or exceed world-class safety and environmental standards.” "That was a statement from TransCanada CEO Hal Kvisle in June 2010 about the commissioning of the company’s new Keystone pipeline built to bring Canadian tar sands crude from Alberta to refineries in the Midwest. One year later, the company has seen twelve oil spills from its brand new, state-of-the art pipeline — with one “six-story geyser” dumping 21,000 gallons of oil in North Dakota.and... Company executives were in Montana yesterday, trying to re-assure residents who are concerned about the environmental impact of another pipeline after Exxon spilled 1,200 barrels of oil into the Yellowstone river in early July:" "On the greenhouse gas emissions front, the EPA points out that tar sands carbon emissions are “82% greater than the average crude refined in the U.S., on a well-to-tank basis.” The local environmental impact is also extensive: the strip mining for bitumen has caused extensive damage to Canada’s boreal forest and creates “dead” water ponds containing mercury, arsenic, cadmium and hydrocarbons that are so big, they can be seen from space." Sources: Bill McKibben: Why Cleantech Should Join in the Fight Against Tar Sands EPA Slams State Department Tar Sands Study After 12 Oil Spills in One Year, TransCanada Says Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline Will Be Safest in U.S. By Stephen Lacey on Aug 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm Also on another note, this tar sands oil is to be shipped to China and India, (days ago the India interest was in the news) at a great profit to TRANS CANADA and we in the US are left with a few pipeline workers and the pollution. The destruction of the Boreal Forest in Alberta Canada has an impact as great as the destruction of the Amazon. The tar sands is a tar like substance that needs copious amounts of precious water and dangerous chemicals to make it flow through the pipeline.
I am re-posting the end of the last comment since it got stuck in with the sources. Thanks again for your timeline article. Also on another note, this tar sands oil is to be shipped to China and India, (days ago the India interest was in the news) at a great profit to TRANS CANADA and we in the US are left with a few pipeline workers and the pollution. The destruction of the Boreal Forest in Alberta Canada has an impact as great as the destruction of the Amazon. The tar sands is a tar like substance that needs copious amounts of precious water and dangerous chemicals to make it flow through the pipeline.
You need to get the facts straight before you start before you slandering the officers witch infact they were doing there jobs. The story that was wrote is not even wrote is not even the trueth. It seems to me they just want to be notice. Just lies starrt telling the trueth.