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TransCanada Stockpiling Pipe for Keystone XL in South Dakota

February 24, 2012

Thanks to Luke Temple of Dakota Rural Action in South Dakota, who forwarded these images by Bret Clanton of Buffalo, SD, of a TransCanada pipe yard growing larger at the rate of two trainloads a week, waiting for the go-ahead to start construction.

Pipeyard 5

Pipeyard 4

Pipeyard 3

Pipeyard 2

Pipeyard 1

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  1. February 24, 2012 8:23 am

    If I’m not mistaken, proper credit for the images goes to Bret Clanton of Buffalo, South Dakota, taken Feb. 16, 2012:

    • February 24, 2012 12:32 pm

      Thanks Cory. We got the photos from Luke and didn’t have any further attribution information.

  2. John Lucas permalink
    February 26, 2012 1:22 am

    It’s funny that there are already seven (7) pipelines from the Canadian oil sands to the US. A Kinder Morgan pipeline line to Anacortes, Washington; two Enbridge Alberta Clippers to Chicago and Flanagan, Illinois; an Express to Gurnsey, Wyoming; an un-named pipeline to Sarnia, Michigan and another to Salt Lake City, Utah; AND then there is the Keystone pipeline from Winnipeg to Steele City, Nebraska. We have more recieving capacity than Canada now production capacity, but they are ramping up from 3.4-million barrels a day to over 5-million barrels a day.

    It’s also funny how they act like an 8th pipeline from Canadian oil sands to the US is going to make a difference right now, solve our current oil problem, and reduce our current prices at the pumps. It seems we are already sucking up all the oil Canada can produce right now, they produce 3.4-million barrels a day, use 1.3-million barrels a day, and ship the US 2.1-million barrels a day. They will not need that other pipeline until they ramp up production a couple of million barrels a day. When that happens it may reduce global demand and might even reduce global crude prices. They just completed Keystone Part 1, and they’ve already had 14 oil spill since June 2010, is that true?

    • February 27, 2012 3:10 pm

      Yes, it’s true. Search for “Keystone” using the National Response Center Reporting Tool ( Better yet, read Plains Justice’s Emergency Response Planning report, which describes how Enbridge let a spill go on for hours, overriding low pressure alarms that should have shut down the big Kalamazoo spill in minutes. We couldn’t make this stuff up if we tried.

  3. Ron Saeger permalink
    March 22, 2012 12:09 am

    I was talking to my dad who lives in Litchfield, MN, and didn’t believe him when he told me he’d been seeing this stuff rolling through town.

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