|Canadian Tar Sands (Source: Suncor Energy, Inc)|
|Tar Sands Processing (Source: SE, Inc)|
|Many ducks have mistaken tailing|
ponds as safe places to land.
|A Map of Keystone XL|
If the pipeline were to be constructed, the affects the transported oil could potentially be felt by any
environment unfortunate enough to fall below it. TransCanada's first pipeline spilled more than a dozen times in its first year of operation, and the probability of spills from the Keystone XL are even higher, as the bitumen is more acidic. Bitumen spills are particularly nasty to clean up, as bitumen is more dense than water (conventional oil floats on water). In 2010, a pipeline spill in the Kalamazoo River in Michigan resulted in over a billion dollars spent trying to clean up the oil, with efforts still ongoing. The threat of the Keystone XL is far from gone, but Obama's veto of the bill provides a crucial strike against the pipeline. Hopefully, in choosing the environment over business, the President will inspire others to think more about the environmental implications of their actions, and people will begin to realize how important environmental conservation really is.
Posted by David Almanzar (Group A)