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Letter: XL pipeline will cause major damage

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Posted: Saturday, December 24, 2011 7:15 pm

Some want us to believe that the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada will only do minor environmental damage. This is not the truth. For every barrel of oil it takes 2.5 to four barrels of water for refining. After refining, this water is so toxic that coming in contact can cause death. Any water leaks from these holding lakes would be catastrophic. There is a lake north of Alberta, Canada that is 20-square miles of this toxic wastewater. In Canada they use 0.6 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas in this process. This process creates three times more greenhouse gas emissions.  The Keystone pipeline will end in Texas where they are going to build a 1,116 acre port called GT Omni Port. In the first nine months of this year, the United States is on track to become a net-refined exporter for the first time in more than six decades. The U.S. exported 753.4 million barrels of everything from gasoline to jet fuel during the first nine month of this year; the U.S. imported 689.4 million barrels. The shift is due to higher output of corn ethanol, and American drivers using less gas.

John Maakestad


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