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Thoughts about Keystone XL pipeline

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Powerful oil interests around the world are pushing for the Keystone XL pipeline to be built so they can acquire more money (the only ones that come to mind immediately are the Koch brothers and the Bush family).

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The Koch brothers and Bush family don’t need any more money; they just want it. They’re in no danger of starving to death. Of course, there are many others involved in this push.

But the Keystone XL, which is only proposed to make wealthy people wealthier (i.e. filthy rich), will be built right through the middle of the country. Why is this important? This has two critical issues.

First, the Ogallala aquifer, an under-the-surface repository of clean water, is spread across several states. Second, it supplies the water that grows the “breadbasket of the country,” about eight states that provide a good share of our food. (South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Colorado, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.)

In some states, like Nebraska, the aquifer nears the ground surface. In some places it’s even exposed. If toxic chemicals and oil leaks occurred there, it could poison the Ogallala aquifer in that region, affecting crops and drinking water in some or all of those eight states.

The pipeline would carry 300,000-400,000 barrels of oil, per day. That’s 13-17 million gallons/day. I doubt if a pipeline was ever built that didn’t leak. Sometimes operators get leak alarms, ignoring them a day or more before even checking it out.

The pipeline would go within 250 feet of a Nebraska family. It’s projected a leak could extend half a mile, the “chemical plume” 250 miles.

When installing plumbing, would anyone run toilet and bath sewer pipes right through the kitchen, next to the stove and across the kitchen table?

Koch and Bush would, if it was your table.

A. Martin,

Merrifield

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