Safest Pipeline Ever?
The concerns about the Keystone XL Pipeline project continue to mount in regards to the Ogallala Aquifer. If approved, the pipeline will run through the aquifer that provides drinking and irrigation water to 8 states. But TransCanada, the oil company that will be operating the pipeline, does not seem to see a problem. On March 24, 2011, the Argus Leader reported that TransCanada believes there should be no fear about contaminating the aquifer because the Keystone XL pipeline will be the safest pipeline ever built.
Heidi Tillquist, a consultant at the Fort Collins, Colo.-based firm AECOM, said pipelines are the safest way to move crude oil, and further, the 1,700-mile Keystone XL line would be the safest built in the U.S.
Tillquist also did consulting work for Calgary-based TransCanada on Keystone I, which began running tar sands crude through eastern South Dakota in June.
While TransCanada is trying to make everyone believe the Keystone XL pipeline will and could not ever leak, we have to remember that, that was the same argument they made when they were building the Keystone I. We appreciate Tillquist’s attempts at comforting the masses with her confidence in TransCanada. However, we realize this is the same consultant that reassured us about the Keystone I and that pipeline has now sprung half a dozen leaks in less than one year of operation. So if this is the safest possible transport for oil what is the least? A large ditch from Canada to the Gulf?