January 15, 2013
Keystone XL Pipeline Project
Have you ever wondered how toxic sludge is transported from where it was created to where it is disposed of? Well, this has become a hot button issue in the White House. Apparently, there are enormous pipes buried in ground right now transporting barrels of tar sands oil in America’s mid-west. The purpose of these pipes is to move crude oil from one place to another. Another reason for the Pipelines is to meet the needs of the American consumers. Texas has one of the largest oil manufacturing industries in all of North America; and that alone is not supplying the needs of Americans. The Keystone XL Pipeline will have a positive impact for The United States. For instance, in 2010, a 1,900 mile pipeline was approved to run from Alberta, Canada to Illinois. This line produces 35 hundred barrels of tar sands oil a day. In 2011, they added 300 miles to Oklahoma; adding this line increased the production to about 590,000 barrels of tar sands oil a day. TransCanada has applied for a permit to add 1,700 miles of pipeline from Alberta, Canada to Steele City, Nebraska, then to connect it to Texas’s gulf coast. This could increase the barrels of tar sands oil to one million a day. TransCanada, a Canadian energy company, recently proposed a multi-billion dollar project. They are attempting to get a permit for a pipeline called, the Keystone XL Pipeline Project. The pipeline will be used to transport raw toxic tar sands oil and constructed, “from the Canadian border to connect to an existing pipeline in Steele City, Nebraska.”(UPDATE) TransCanada, who is the lead producer of the pipeline, has applied for a Presidential Permit, which is required as the pipeline will cross the Canadian/United States border. President Obama’s Administration denied the proposal. As reported, on stateimpact.npr.org, “[t]he administration said at the time that TransCanada could reapply after...