Today's Keystone Pipeline Spill Count is 14.
There have been at least fourteen known spills on the Keystone Pipeline since the start of operations in June 2010. Have evidence of another Keystone Pipeline spill? Let us know! info[at]plainsjustice.org
A letter signed by former US president Jimmy Carter and nine other Nobel Prize laureates, which includes Archbishop Desmond Tutu have called on president Obama to consider the economic and environmental legacy that he wants to leave. The concern is that this project will speed up climate change while having rather insignificant economic benefits for the United States as a whole. Leaders from across the world are calling on president Obama to lead the US on a path that has positive ramifications for the rest of the world.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the Obama Administration will delay their decision on the Keystone XL pipeline until next fall. The decision will be delayed until November after the midterm elections. There is a concern that ruling against the pipeline prior to a difficult election season could cause Democrats to lose the Senate. There is stiff pressure from Republicans and the oil industry as well as conservative Democrats to give approval of the pipeline and create more jobs. President Obama previously stated that he would approve the Keystone XL pipeline only if there is evidence that the pipeline would not contribute to more emissions of greenhouse gases.
The New York Times reports on the fundamental change Canada has undertaken since 2008. What was once thought of, as Canada being the more environmentally savvy neighbor to our North is no more. Instead, the election of Stephen Harper and his goals of Canada becoming an “economic superpower” have allowed tar sands to push the national agenda and effectively have weakened over 70 Canadian environmental laws. This push by Canadian oil has heavily influenced the Keystone XL pipeline debate here in the US to the point that the Canadian government set aside in the 2013-14 budget almost $22 million for promotion of tar sands lobbying outside of Canada. In the end, the measures taken by Canada are substantially affecting not only the rest of the world but their own provinces as well.
Katie Valentine recently reported the alarming reality that while America unites collectively against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline; numerous pipelines have already been permitted or are already in the ground and slated to carry the same tar sands crude oil. The fear is that Keystone XL had distracted environmentalists from other proposed pipelines and will these pipelines be actively opposed against following the ruling on Keystone XL?
The Washington Post reports at significant length about tribal concerns along the Keystone XL route. Similar concerns were raised, and dismissed with little action, when the Keystone I pipeline was built. In most cases, the land where the pipeline will be built isn’t currently owned by the tribes, but is part of ancestral homelands that include sacred sites and burial grounds. The tribes want to catalog sites that may be affected and prevent disruption to places with historical, archeological, or spiritual significance.
The Lincoln Journal-Star reports on TransCanada’s new proposed route, which avoids the Sandhills but still crosses a large stretch of the Ogallala aquifer.
Nebraska’s tax proceeds from the first year of operation for the Keystone I pipeline crossing the eastern edge of the state proved to be less than half the $5.5 million annual number that TransCanada claimed when promoting the project. The actual figure is around $2.2 million. TransCanada, ever the optimist, claims that the number will rise in the current fiscal year, an assertion that raises logical skepticism. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me, as they say.