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Keystone XL

Cross section of proposed Keystone XL pipe

Cross section of proposed Keystone XL pipe

The Keystone XL pipeline would be TransCanada’s second pipeline for carrying highly polluting tar sands crude from Alberta, Canada through the U.S. The Keystone XL would enter the U.S. at Port Morgan, Montana. After passing through Montana, the pipeline would travel through South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas, on its way to Gulf Coast oil refineries.

The pipeline would consist of a 36-inch buried pipeline transporting enough highly polluting tar sands oil to fill the Exxon Valdez every day and a half.

The proposed project’s original total length is approximately 1,980 miles through Canada and the U.S. As the proposed route changes due to landowner negotiations and other factors, that length will almost certainly change.

More information:

Google map of Keystone XL route through South Dakota (current as of early May 2009 — route may have changed somewhat since then)

Dakota Rural Action’s Keystone XL webpage

Keystone XL Route maps (Link goes to the TransCanada website. Once you’re there, scroll down to Maps section.)

5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 27, 2011 6:39 pm

    Thanks for your efforts to stop this ill advised project. It is criminal what has already occurred in Alberta and Michigan as a result of oil & pipeline industry activities. Nacogdoches County STOP stands with you and with all citizens of the U.S. and Canada who are working to prevent this tar sands project from creating any more destruction.

    Thanks, too, for visiting and signing our petition to Secretary of State Clinton.

  2. Don Parker permalink
    June 25, 2011 3:39 pm

    James Hoggan’s book, “Climate Cover Up” exposes the energy industry as the corporate gangsters they are. Millions of dollars are spent every year by the members of this industry in an attempt to present the concept of global warming as some kind of fairy tale broadcast by the tree-huggers of our society.

    Another book that is well worth a read is Linda McQuaig;s and Neil Brooks’
    “The Trouble with Billionaires”.

  3. Ray Bregenzer permalink
    November 2, 2011 10:50 am

    Build it…….much safer than transporting it across the ocean or on truck and rail that wouldn’t move the volume needed in this country now and. Yes we need greener energies but that can’t happen overnight

    • February 25, 2012 8:17 pm

      Don’t let the alarmists and the NIMBY’s (not in my backyard!) ruin a good plan that will
      1. make oil cheaper
      2. make us more energy independent
      3. create jobs
      4. reduce war in the middle east
      5. be at least as environmentally safe as shipping giant quantities of oil across the ocean, truck, and rail.


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