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At One End Of Trump’s Revived Keystone XL Pipeline There Is A Scene You Must See To Believe


Source: Business Insider

President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order to revive and expedite two multibillion-dollar underground pipelines that would snake oil through US states to centers of the petroleum industry.

One is the contentious $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, which would shuttle petroleum more than 1,100 miles, from North Dakota's Bakkan oil fields to holding tanks in Patoka, Illinois.

The other is the Keystone XL pipeline — a new segment of the existing Keystone Pipeline system, which begins in the Alberta, Canada, oil sands, also called tar sands (use of either term is controversial), and ends in Patoka as well as points in Texas along the Gulf of Mexico. The XL segment, which could cost its builders as much as $10 billion, is partially built and would move larger volumes of oil in less time by shortening the route and burying larger-diameter pipes.

Proponents of the pipeline say it will lessen dependence on foreign oil while creating jobs and growing domestic industry. But many Americans, and primarily Native Americans, are furious about Trump's latest executive order.

Barack Obama killed the Keystone XL pipeline in November 2015, saying it wouldn't have helped lower gas prices or create that many jobs. He also said the long-term contribution to climate change — possibly more than 22 billion metric tons of carbon pollution, according to Scientific American — wasn't worth the loss of America's global leadership on fighting emissions that exacerbate global warming.

"If we're going to prevent large parts of this Earth from becoming not only inhospitable but uninhabitable in our lifetimes, we're going to have to keep some fossil fuels in the ground," Obama said.

Trump's televised revival of Keystone XL didn't mention its steep environmental costs, including the 54,000 square miles (140,000 square kilometers) of pristine Alberta wilderness that may be industrialized to feed it.

"We're not saying the project is good or bad. We're just saying the scale and severity of what's happening in Alberta will make your spine tingle," Robert Johnson, a former Business Insider correspondent, wrote after flying over the Canadian oil sands in May 2012.

Keep scrolling to see an updated version of Johnson's photo essay, which shows Canadian oil mining — a process in which tar-laden sand is dug from the ground and the oil is separated through a lengthy and messy process.

This story has been updated to include details about in situ extraction, which is different from the mining method and makes up about half of Canada oil sands production.


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4 Responses to At One End Of Trump’s Revived Keystone XL Pipeline There Is A Scene You Must See To Believe

  1. u4riah says:

    As long as there is a $ to be made, the corporatists don't care how many of us die.  I suggest people quit voting for politicians owned by corporations. 

  2. Ivan says:

    We have to hurry and get leaky pipelines ran through the largest natural aquifer in the country, the ogallala. Nwo depopulation at work, poison everything that the useless eaters depend on. Yes, the pipelines WILL LEAK

  3. Joe Ceonnia says:

    It Takes 2.5 TONS OF TAR SANDS FOR (1) Barrel Of Oil, am I missing something. The shovels are computerized, the amount of truck 8, Refining is in Canada, I see about 100 jobs maybe, I may have over stated +/- 5% But, we're talking about Millions of Square American Miles, Possibly Destroyed Land, is it worth destroying the entire area's(every state that pipeline runs through) for 2.5 tons of sand for 1 barrel. Is it me or does this Sound Ludacris?  I think even President Trump can do the math on this one, he is a business man after all,  right?? We voted for him because he's a good business MAN,  I don't think people realize that it's all the states this pipe line runs through would be destroyed, or did they say that couldn't happen. Have we forgotten the Gulf of Mexico already, how about Japan and that Nuclear Disaster that couldn't happen, are we that forgetful ??? ah by the way, it is still happening while we read this…I had High Hopes when I thought that pipeline was being stopped, and I Thought Folks were coming to their senses, and did the math on the risk, like insurance probability, weighing future outcomes, who insuring this pipeline? AIG? I don't get this, really, I'm not kidding, I don't get it?? really. 

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