Concerns on Building the Keystone Pipeline

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In June of 2010, a plan to construct a pipeline that would run from Alberta, Canada through the center of the United States, making its way to its final destinations in Nederland, Texas, and Pakota, Illinois were finally commissioned. As an energy management major at the University of Oklahoma, I was intrigued to research the Keystone Pipeline and the plans that hinge alongside it. The plan to construct the pipeline that would connect the two countries certainly began with good intentions, however many people would disagree. When viewing the plans for construction of what became known as the Keystone Pipeline, it’s apparent that there are numerous benefits that result from building the pipeline. On the other hand, some people argue that…show more content…
The final environmental risk consists of the issue of gas emissions that could be produced at pumping stations and along the pipeline itself. If high levels of poisonous emissions sweep through the open air, it could result in the loss of numerous wildlife lives; again causing endangered species and other species to remain at a potentially high risk of population reduction (Palliser, 1). The second con of assembling the Keystone Pipeline would consist of the human health concerns that arise during and after construction. For example, a leak or spill could occur along the pipeline causing the spill to gradually seep into surrounding sources of drinking water. A main point of concern would be the Ogallala Aquifer located in Nebraska. The Ogallala Aquifer supplies water to nearly two million people, and if this reliable source of drinking water happened to be contaminated by a leak or spill as a result from the Keystone Pipeline, the consequences could be devastating (Palliser, 2). A second example of a human health issue would involve extracting the resources that are vital to the process of constructing the Keystone Pipeline. An imperative resource for the Keystone Pipeline is that tar-sand that is found just north of Hardisty, Alberta in Canada. Extraction of tar-sand is an
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