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Keystone Pipeline Inspector Says Safety Seriously Compromised

September 29, 2011

The Huffington Post reports that a Bechtel engineer, Michael Klink, assigned to ensure engineering standards were upheld during the construction of the Keystone I pipeline, filed a complaint with the Department of Labor last year, under whistleblower provisions of the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002. His case is still pending.  Klink is quoted as saying that he isn’t surprised at the many leaks and spills occurring on Keystone I, only in its second year of operation, in light of the many violations he witnessed of safety and engineering standards.  Klink says he was retaliated against for being unwilling to go along with compromised safety standards “in the middle of nowhere.”

I believe I was wronged and I believe that people have to stand up for what is right.  And I feel like I’m standing up for people — for the farmers and everybody up and down that pipeline in North and South Dakota.  It’s going to cause another oil disaster and harm innocent people who didn’t deserve it, and they may never recover from it.

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