Planning For The Future : The Keystone Xl Pipeline

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Planning for the Future: The Keystone XL Pipeline Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man 's needs, but not every man 's greed” (Lindley). Even today, people in this world still desire many things much more than they actually need. Several occasions people have failed to take the time and think about the consequences their greeds would have on society. Since 2010, Canada and the United States have built a pipeline that travels through both countries. This pipeline, known as the Keystone Pipeline, carries petroleum across the country. Recently, Canada has proposed an additional pipeline called the Keystone XL which has not been built yet. The proposal for the installation of the Keystone XL pipeline should…show more content…
The two remaining phases including the additional Keystone XL are not complete and have drawn controversy. In 2005, the Keystone Pipeline was first proposed by a company called TransCanada. Subsequently, TransCanada submitted an application to the United States State Department in 2008, inquiring approval to build the pipeline. Commissioned in 2010, TransCanada constructed the first section of the pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta to Patoka, Illinois (Mathis). After the first section was completed, TransCanada started Phase 2 and 3a of the Keystone pipeline which extended the pipeline from Steele City, Nebraska to Nederland, Texas and eventually it reached its current endpoint in January, 2014. Even though TransCanada has been constructing the Keystone Pipeline for several years, there has not been significant progress. The third phase of the Keystone Pipeline, also known as the Houston Lateral Project, is still under construction and is expected to be completed in early 2016. Ultimately, the Keystone Pipeline’s main controversy comes from the rejected Keystone XL which is a proposed additional pipeline that would be built from Alberta all the way to Nebraska and would be able to carry 830,000 barrels of petroleum in a day (Davenport). Although there are drastic disadvantages for installing the Keystone XL pipeline, various benefits also exist. Firstly, the pipeline will greatly increase the

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