Keystone Pipeline 1 Year Later-Pipelines Are Harmful To The Environment

Recap: this time last year, there were massive protests opposing the Keystone pipeline for good reasons. Recently, the Keystone pipeline leak spilled 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota, which will harm the land Native Americans and environmentalists were fighting to protect. Besides an I told ya so, notice Donald Trump has been silent on this issue, he has not tweeted nor said anything about the oil spill from Keystone, but don’t expect him to. Trump green-lighted the Keystone pipeline because of the “massive jobs”,  also Trump has a financial stake in the company, therefore saying anything will jeopardize Trump’s share. Thus far, since Donald Trump has been in office, it has been terrible decision after terrible decision, and the Keystone pipeline is an example of his terrible decisions. What makes this worse is the fact that millions of Native Americans and environmentalists this time last year were shot with rubber bullets, sprayed with cold water and inhumanely treated by the military for protesting the pipeline that will cause damage because of this oil spill.

“Recap: this time last year, there was a massive protest opposing the Keystone pipeline for good reasons. Keystone spilled 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota which will harm the land Native Americans and environmentalists were protecting.”

The spill is the latest in a series of mishaps in the 2,687-mile pipeline system that transports material extracted from the oil sands in Alberta, Canada into the Great Plains where it’s refined and stored. The Tar sands oil is thicker and sticker than other forms of oil, making it harder to clean up, according to CNN.” Slate. People living in the region  understand there is more harm that comes with the pipeline, with this being the latest mishaps, municipalities, local and state governments should caution and reject any future pipeline proposals. Furthermore, with the cleanup being difficult because of the type of oil means it will absorb into the field and with it the chemicals that will damage the field.In most cases, cleanup of pipeline spills is only partially successful, leaving tens of thousands of barrels of oil on our land or in our water.  On average, the government’s data shows that more than 31,000 barrels of oil or other substances are not cleaned up following pipeline incidents, and in some years many more barrels are left, polluting our environment for years to come,” this is according to the Center for Biological Diversity. Unfortunately, the farmers and citizens who live in the area, it is their environment where it will be hard to farm, live and do anything because of the chemicals absorbed into their land.

The spill is the latest in a series of mishaps in the 2,687-mile pipeline system that transports material extracted from the oil sands in Alberta, Canada into the Great Plains where it’s refined and stored. The Tar sands oil is thicker and sticker than other forms of oil, making it harder to clean up, according to CNN.” Slate

Moreover, the Atlantic states, “James Hansen, then the director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, warned in The New York Times that exporting oil from the Albertan tar sands would mean “game over for the climate.”  James Hansen is correct, however, it’s been game over for the climate for a long time. Too long, the issue of the environment was not taking seriously,  along with the environmentalist and facts to support the need for environmental policies. The Keystone pipeline leak is an example how local and state governments ignore the people for a short-term profit, yet the people and the community suffer in the long-term.

James Hansen, then the director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, warned in The New York Times that exporting oil from the Albertan tar sands would mean “game over for the climate.” Atlantic

Sources:

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/11/200000-gallons-of-oil-spill-from-the-keystone-pipeline/546158/

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/11/16/keystone_pipeline_leak_spills_210_000_gallons_of_oil_in_south_dakota.html

http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/americas_dangerous_pipelines/

 


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