Keystone Pipeline Leak Gushed Double the Oil as Previously Thought

Keystone Pipeline Leak Gushed Double the Oil as Previously Thought

Last November, the Keystone pipeline sprung a leak on farmland in South Dakota. That leak has now been calculated to have released 9,700 barrels (407,400 gallons) of oil, double the original reports and the largest inland spill in the U.S. since 2010. Reuters reports that there have been far more pipeline leaks than estimated by Tans Canada, the company who built the pipeline.

Caused by construction damage when the pipeline was originally put in the ground, Tans Canada shut it down shortly after the spill began. Less than two weeks later, they reported the spill had been cleaned up and no groundwater was contaminated.

The Keystone Pipeline includes 2,600 miles of underground pipe constructed to transfer crude oil. The pipeline runs from Alberta, Canada to Nebraska, where it splits and heads to Texas and Illinois. A fourth phase of the pipeline, called Keystone XL (XL meaning exports limited) will bring a pipeline even larger in diameter from Alberta to Nebraska. Environmental and social activists breathed a sigh of relief when the Obama administration rejected the proposal for the Keystone XL Pipeline in 2015. The controversy erupted again when the Trump administration approved it in January of 2017.

The leak last year and the new information on its extent have re-energized the call to stop the Keystone XL project from moving forward. Now CEOs of pipeline companies must brace for more resistance. The sophistication of activism has increased as the effects of climate change become more urgent. The Dakota Access Pipeline protests in 2016 and 2017 helped push public support to the side of the activists.

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As the current administration continued to deny the effects of climate change, ignore our responsibility to the world and future generations, and gobble up fossils fuels, hundreds of thousands of crude oil spilled out onto farmland just a few months ago. What other evidence do we need to prove that oil pipelines cannot be made safe and are not the future of energy?



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  1. Anna

    these criminals should all rot in jail not make billions… they insist with this disgusting oil… when we have solar and other less polluting energy sources available that they refuse to use….

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  2. ARLETTE bellomy

    This is hard for me to say an I have fought Against this An walk in the fight to end this.oh here goes but an let me first say this all the prior fracking an pipelines served no purpose all for wealth an revenue for greed of officials .but this is much needed to regain an begin to return America to self sustainability an food producition back inthe hands of America back to how it was b4 Nixon turn all our resources to china an making them richer than u.s an controlling everything have given to the country that wants kill an take over us.so we were are an can be self sustainable so unfortunately it comes at the worst time an when so much wild life land an balance is at a point of no return .but the irresponsible An carelessness has to be taken seriously An eliminate those workers An start new An strict rules An monitored An hands on every minute not just once in a month scheduled day.bullshit.like trump did in the whitehouse rid of all An start new is what needs be done be the pipeline i begins An activists that fight rightfully need be the ones in charge An monitoring everything is geared to rebuild self sustainability an every move must be cleared An reported an under the watchful eye an once that goal is achieved An during the restoration of land an the seize on building stops an that includes requiring no more accepting people in to America till after the people an country cans stability an regrowth an nature an stopping hunting .christmas tree season ends for real Christmas trees .humane slaughter of farm animals will stop the mass production An disease spread .farms brought back in America .an munch more .but we must get self sustainability back we have no reason to be dependant on any other country.we never did an it needs to be rebuilt an put the countries that are our enemies back at bay .we made them wealthy there is no reason to give or help anymore they had plenty time billions of dollars to take care of ther country but all the money still they don’t help ther country.you don’t negotiate help or compromise with people who want to kill us ther sole an entire existence has been sworn to kill destroy an take over America so these idiots fight an interfer an fight to keep them here.an stupid brainwashed by obama .an can’t even see.an the youth with the gossip is just sick. It needs to go back to any who defaces the president charged an arrested .re parent re raise an re teach what was never taught boundaries respect an shut the fuck up if you don’t know facts or history. Cut the microphone on Hollywood .there job is to entertain America an the ones that entertain are cancelled so they are irritating frustrating an pissing me the F off .so put a halt to there ridiculous mansions they builds an move An build a new bigger house an never ends ther a BIG cause of the loss of land wasteful.direct a eye an fight on that direction far more damaging that president an or ALL the pipelines.

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    • Anna

      what the heck ??? there are plenty of alternatives on this planet !!!! they refuse to take them into consideration or develop them…. it’s high time with ditched this disgusting oil !!!

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  3. Ellen McConnell

    This is not acceptable!! Pipelines are not safe, fracking gas is not safe!
    We are fighting one proposed in NJ.It will go through towns & under the Raritan River Basin.They are putting it through a super fund site!!

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  4. Lisa

    The only way the president will really know what is going on is if qualified people with concrete proof of this tweet to him @realdonaldtrump. Unfortunately, he is being fed BS by his advisers and the lobbyist beholden congress. It was the same situation as Bush. He was blamed for capturing Hussein in 2003 on possibly false info from intelligence given to him and Tony Blair of England. We need to bring issues directly to Trump via the platform he has kept open to keep the lines of communication between us and him.

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  5. Kathleen Simmons

    Make sure the government knows about this. They gave the ok. The President must be held accountable for allowing this project to go ahead even though its a know fact we cannot trust oil companies. How many wake-up calls does he need or will it just be business as usual to make the oil corporations wealthier

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  6. Janice Haines

    Big money ruining our country.

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  7. cindi scholefield

    I hate to say “We all told you so”. But we did. And you didn’t care. I hope you now lose enough money to begin to care.

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  8. Beverly

    Why is the Canadian pipeline ,not going through Canada to the Pacific Ocean ?? Why ruin the soil in the USA, just to take a short cut to be exported, to other countries. Our President wants to make America great again, but how will that be the case when the farmland soil is contaminated for future crops. People need to start thinking. When the water is gone for fracking and the crops soak up the oil, what will we do then.

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  9. Ellen

    I saw a map of pipelines through the US alone and we are spaghettified with them. Now corporations are trying to cash in on solar industrial complexes which consists of multiple acres of solar panels surrounded with 8ft high chain link fences topped with barb wire. They seem to want to put them in rural neighborhoods where people’s homes will become penned in and wildlife movement will be obstructed. How does this improve the environment? Pipelines under ground and solar fields above. I really don’t know what to say. Maybe we should just stop breeding. Would that help the planet or is it too late? Mother Earth and her Animals have pulled through from much worse.

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  10. Leanne

    I believe that oil cimpanies dont want oil spills as they do cost them money and lots of it.
    However I believe the public was hoodwinked over the Keystone Pipeline oil spill.

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  11. Leanne

    I believe that oil cimpanies dont want oil spills as they do cost them money and lots of it.
    However I believe the public was hoodwinked over the Keystone Pipeline oil spill.

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  12. Chick

    There are pipelines all over the US, transferring liquid and gas, without incident. Occationally, leaks do develope. It is going to happen, just like you car can sping a cooling water leak, a fuel leak, a freon leak, and oil leak, or a brake fluid leak. It is going to happen, sooner or later. Do you want your car to leak anything? Of course not. Do these oil companies want their pipelines to spring a leak? Of course not, because not only do they have to pay enormous fines, but they also have a heck of a clean up and they lose the product they are transferring. People act like these oil companies don’t care. How ridiculous is that?! These leaks eat into their bank accounts hugely. And, the same people that are griping about an isolated leak, are the also griping about high gasoline prices at the pump. Get out of here.

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    • linda

      on Chick’s comment. Do they want oil spills of coarse not. Problem being our tax dollars paying to clean up there mess.
      Oil pipelines has been proven to be unsafe. I like when they say no land damage. That’s just plain bullshit and if you believe that you are so naive. From the time they start the cleanup to the finish. The oil that is setting on the land seeps into the soil and contaminates the ground.Over a period of time with mother nature doing her thing the oil seeps down and down into the ground. Plus they always seem to find farmland to do this type of construction for whatever reason I don’t know. Poeople’s farmland get ruined that’s why they don’t want it done. Understandable. Pipeline have been proven to be a curse.

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  13. Judy

    I don’t mean to be contrary, but it isn’t about the companies being stupid; they are raping the Earth for personal and corporate profit. They do not care about the Earth. They only care about their profit and what it in it for them and their intimate circle while they are trampling the planet. Once they are dead and gone, the don’t give a sh*t what condition the planet is in because they got their piece of the action while they were here and to hell with everyone else who doesn’t like it. These greedy people don’t care about fines. They use their ill gotten gains to pay lawyers to get them off the hook. The more they can get away with the better they like it. And sadder yet, many young people in school are so apathetic that they don’t want to learn enough to be able to use their brain to figure out which corporations out there are trustworthy and which are not. They just let the politicians sort it out and then pay the future consequences of their indecision. If these kids were smart they would arm themselves with as much knowledge as they could so they could counter the greedy corporations as much as possible with activism and putting pressure on elected officials. I am encouraged by the example set by the students at Stoneman Douglas HS. We need a good deal more of their insight, energy, and drive as we move forward.

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    • Chick

      You do realize that a pipeline leak, cost the oil companies big bucks, regardless of how big or small they are? They do not want leaks, and work to prevent them.

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  14. Debra Ingle

    On the pipeline issue. I am just crying that these companies are so stupid that they are harming the environment! what are the fines or legal compensation to these companies for what they are doing to the land? I just can’t believe this is happening at this time in technology and for trying to heal our Earth! I have been involved with Sierra Club since 1969. These days the public, and younger millenials,do not know about how much we have tried to save out Earth for so many years. They don’t even know about the Holocost! More public information and education in the school might help our world save our PLANET!

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    • Chick

      They are not trying to harm the environment. Everytime there is a leak, it costs them big time. There are pipelines all over the US, and occationally, one is going to leak, just like the plumbing at your house.

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