Keystone XL —- Opponents Fear Earthquake-Induced Spill
Opponents of TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline say earthquakes could cause a spill because the project will run right through a fault zone in Rusk County. A new report says southwestern Rusk County has seen two earthquakes since 1973, and got hit with a major one way back in 1891. Now Keystone XL’s opponents are scared Rusk County could be due for another quake. “The real danger this pipeline poses is that it’s not just a conventional crude line,” said Brittany Dawn McAllister with the S.T.O.P. Tar Sands group. “It’s not your grandmother’s crude.” Opponents of Keystone XL made their case Wednesday as members of the Northeast Texas Water Planning Group heard their fears. “I get concerned about the potential contamination of groundwater resources,” said environmental engineer Larry Dunbar. He says the U.S. State Department’s Keystone XL environmental impact statement uses faulty data to insure the pipeline won’t be at risk of rupturing in an earthquake. “The report is not a report identifying all active fault areas,” Dunbar said. “So you can’t use that report to say we don’t cross any active faults.” “Once the pipeline is in operation and delivering oil to the gulf coast, think about how many jobs are at stake there,” said Jim Prescott with TransCanada. Prescott says it’s up to the State Department to answer questions like whether the pipeline runs through a fault zone in Rusk County, and TransCanada is cooperating as the research continues. “I think the bigger issue is what makes sense for the economy, what makes sense for the environment,” Prescott said. “Pipelines are the safest way to transport petroleum products.” TransCanada’s opponents continue to say the project should be stopped, or built to much higher safety standards, which carry a much higher price tag. “It may be an expensive proposition to achieve, which may kill the project, but then maybe it should have been killed,” said Dunbar. TransCanada is still at odds with land owners who say the contents of the pipeline will be more dangerous than others. That question and others could be answered when the State Department releases its *new* environmental impact statement. That report should be out sometime in April. After that, people will have 45 days to let lawmakers know what they think. ((23 MAR 2011))
“people will have 45 days to let lawmakers know what they think”
The people will have one day to let lawmakers know what they think —- Election Day.
Part of the problem is too much job security for lawmakers.
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- March 25, 2011 / 9:54 pm