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Pipeline safety analysis needed

2011-10-16T00:00:00Z 2011-10-17T09:30:16Z Pipeline safety analysis needed The Billings Gazette
October 16, 2011 12:00 am

The Keystone XL pipeline is planned to transport tar sands from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf Coast. The Keystone I pipeline, the precursor to the Keystone XL pipeline, has leaked 14 times since it began operations in June, 2010, including a 21,000 gallon spill in North Dakota. The Enbridge Energy pipeline, also a tar sands pipeline, spilled 843,000 gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan 14 months ago, and a 35-mile stretch of the river below this spill remains closed today.

An expert safety analysis of tar sands pipelines needs to be done before the Keystone XL pipeline is approved to ensure landowners and others affected by this pipeline that they will not be the next "accident."

Connie Keogh

Billings

 

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