November 15, 2011

What does the tar sands pipeline delay mean?

TransCanada's controversial Keystone XL pipeline has been in the national spotlight for the last few months and a lot of misinformation has been included. Not usual in today's climate, or is that word not a good choice?

The Obama administration's decision last week did NOT nix the pipeline, but delayed it to give the State Department adequate time to review the possible consequences to the Ogallala aquifer that supplies drinking water to at least seven states. I drank from that aquifer during the ten years we lived in Arlington, Texas.

There is no need to rush this decision, because one pipeline already carries about 590,000 barrels of crude oil from Canada to Illinois and Oklahoma. Hmm, didn't Oklahoma folks just experience an earthquake.

The game plan was that an expanded Keystone system could move about 1.3 million barrels per day to Texas Gulf Coast refineries.

And today,TransCanada agreed to reroute the proposed pipeline to avoid the Nebraska Sandhills, a particularly sensitive ecosystem.
For an understanding of the issues and the opposition of some concerned folks in Nebraska, visit the Tar Sands Action website at  There is much more at stake than a simple choice between jobs or health.