Keystone Xl Pipeline

1429 WordsJun 3, 20136 Pages
Keystone XL Pipeline A proposed oil pipeline project will have the capacity to transport thounsands of barrels of crude oil to refineries in Oklahoma, Illinois, and the Gulf Coast of Texas. The Keystone XL is a 1,711-mile pipeline delivering Canadian crude oil to United States oil markets. This project is a response to the market demand for heavy crude oil in the Unites States. The pipeline will also be used to transport crude oil to the Cushing tank farm in the Midwest region. Many refineries in the Gulf Coast region provide millions of barrels per day, This region accounts for almost half of U.S. refining capacity. The refineries produce large amounts of refined petroleum product, like gasoline and jet fuel. The negative impacts of…show more content…
A Nebraska farmer, Randy Thompson, is opposed to the construction of this pipeline because of the impact it would have on his crops. In an interview with Mother Jones, Thompson states that, “anytime it leaked, it would go directly into the water supply” (qtd in Sheppard “A Pipeline”). The Keystone XL and the environmental impacts that are associated with are something that U.S. cannot afford to take in addition to the growing issue of global warming. While the state of our environment is such a strong issue, there are other concerns that arise with the construction of this pipeline. Friendly ties between a U.S. diplomat and TransCanada, show possible corruption in the environmental review regrading the Keyston XL pipeline. Paul Elliot and TransCanada’s counselor for environmen, science, techonology, and health, Marja Verloop, exchanged emails that reveal possible corruption surrounding the Keystone pipeline. “In a September 2010 email, Verloop celebrates after Elliott informs her that he 's secured support for the pipeline project from Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.). "Go Paul!" she writes” (Emails Reveal). Furthermore, emails exchanged between Verloop and US Ambassador to Canada, David Jacobson show the companies plans to later increase the pressure used to generate oil throughout the Keystone pipeline. Robert Jones, the vice president of TransCanada 's Keystone pipelines division, once said they planned to
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