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Getting Caught Between Fighting Giants

January 4, 2010

Attempt to restore topsoil in very wet conditions in Marshall County, SD

A new article explains the battle for market dominance between TransCanada and Enbridge, two Canadian pipeline companies.

According to the article, the Keystone and Keystone XL pipelines are part of TransCanada’s plan to take dominance in the oil-moving market from Enbridge.

Missing from the article: the human and environmental costs of this fighting between two oil-industry giants.

One example: the South Dakota farmers who have struggled to protect the fertility of their land as it has been excavated for the Keystone pipeline. Kent Moeckly, for instance, had trouble when a pipeline contractor attempted to restore his topsoil over the top of the newly buried pipeline. The contractor tried to do the restoration during very wet conditions, which can harm topsoil by compacting it.

Photo courtesy of Kent Moeckly, who owns land about 12 miles SW of Britton, South Dakota

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