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What Can Go Wrong with an Oil Pipeline?

October 28, 2009

Water district sign with Keystone I pipeline construction behind it. Taken July 2009 near Yankton, SD.

It’s no secret that folks along the paths of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and under-construction Keystone I pipeline have concerns that there will be pipeline accidents.

If you scroll down toward the end of this news article , you’ll see why they’re concerned. The article includes an interesting list of Enbridge (formerly Lakehead) pipeline accidents that have occured since 1973 in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Saskatchewan.

The list of 11 accidents includes human deaths, oil spills, and highway collapse. Interestingly, the article says that pipeline safety was improved in 2002 by federal legislation, yet of those 11 accidents spanning 36 years, six occurred after 2002. Clearly things still go wrong.

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