“Musings of a Malcontent” is a weekly op-ed by GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Carlyle Coash
Apparently I have been living in a hole in the earth. I thought I was aware and paying attention, but apparently I am actually living in a subterranean borough somewhere on a vast Nebraskan wheat field. I would not be surprised if Prairie Dogs are more in tune with world events than I.
So here it is.
Did you know there is a plan afoot to build an oil pipeline from Canada to Texas? From what I can tell it will run from Alberta through Montana, South Dakota, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Texas.
I guess I am going to have to relocate my hole.
Actually if I read it right, there will actually be two pipelines, running parallel at points since some of the pipeline already exists. The new segment is called the Keystone XL Pipeline. A few of the highlights:
- They plan to bury it at least 4 feet underground.
- It will run right over the Ogallala Aquifer, one of the largest fresh water reserves in the world.
- It will run through a large wetlands ecosystem, as well as some other untouched wildlife areas.
- It will primarily be transporting Bitumen – which is heavy crude oil mixed with a lot of sand.
Yes, you read correctly. Oil sand. Nothing like a 2,000-plus mile pipeline of oily sand running right through the country to make you feel taken completely advantage of.
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