Keystone XL Pipeline will be the safest and most advanced pipeline operation in North America. It will not only bring essential infrastructure to North American oil producers, but it will also provide jobs, long-term energy independence and an economic boost to Americans.
Washington Post’s “fact checker” misses the facts
A recent “The Fact Checker” story, “Keystone XL pipeline ad suggests Canadian crude will reduce ‘reliance on foreign energy’,” by Glenn Kessler, published November 20, 2013, in the Washington Post was more about his opinion and less about facts. Read more.
Misleading NRDC report
A recent paper released by professional activist groups makes numerous factually inaccurate or misleading claims about the impact Keystone XL may have on the environment. Read more.
Bloomberg story on leak detection
A headline in Bloomberg News suggested TransCanada may not be employing the latest, proven technologies available in the construction and operation of our new oil pipelines, Keystone XL Pipeline and the Gulf Coast Pipeline. We want to clarify that this is not the case. Read more.
Tar Sands Blockade Facebook post
KXL’s proposed northern route does not cut directly through Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Read more.
Tides USA letters reveal $3.2-million in payments over last few months to activists groups and environmental organizations in Canada. The objective: Create opposition to Canadian oil developments.
"For more than a decade, there has been a complex international effort to stymie the oil industry in Canada. It's called the Tar Sands Campaign and the main sources of funding for this campaign are the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Oak Foundation, the Sea Change Foundation, the Tides Foundation and other charitable foundations, most of which are based in California. By my calculations, these foundations have provided at least $75-million for campaigns and land use planning initiatives that thwart the development and export of Canadian oil.”
Pipelines are five times safer than trains, 13 times safer than ships and 530 times safer than trucks. One doesn’t need to be an expert to realize the longer the oil takes to reach its destination, the greater opportunity there is for an accident, not to mention the greater the carbon impact will be on the environment, and the higher costs will be passed on to consumers.”
But the difference in getting oil from oil sands when compared to conventional oil, it is such a small contribution that it will be definitely wrong to highlight this as a major source of carbon dioxide emissions worldwide.”
From the perspective of sustainability, where aspects of environment, economy and society work in balance with one another, decisions that bring civilization to a virtual standstill are obviously to be avoided. Pipelines, properly constructed and properly maintained, make sense and should be part of our sustainability equation. I don'thave to tell you that oil can also be delivered overland via rail cars and tanker trucks. But it is clear that pipelines are superior, both environmentally and economically.”
If we block this project – whose source is no worse than many others, rebuffing our closest trading partner and ally and spurning easily accessible energy in favor of Venezuelan or Saudi crude–it would be a symbol, and a depressing one at that. It would be a symbol of how emotion has taken the place of analysis and ideology now trumps science on both sides of the environmental debate.”
[Keystone XL Pipeline] may be a last chance for the movement Bill McKibben has helped lead — he has spent several years organizing activists to single-mindedly fight against approval of the Keystone pipeline — but Keystone is at best marginally relevant to the cause of stopping global warming. The whole crusade increasingly looks like a bizarre misallocation of political attention.”
Not a drop of this crude oil is going to leave this continent that’s moving through our pipeline . . . I’ve talked to every one of these refiners. I know every one of these producers and they have no plans to export a drop. It will all go into U.S. refineries and be refined in the U.S.”
The Keystone XL Pipeline is a proposed 1,179-mile (1,897 km), 36-inch-diameter crude oil pipeline beginning in Hardisty, Alberta, and extending south to Steele City, Neb. This pipeline is a critical infrastructure project for the energy security of the United States and for strengthening the American economy.
Along with transporting crude oil from Canada, the Keystone XL Pipeline will also support the significant growth of crude oil production in the United States by allowing American oil producers more access to the large refining markets found in the American Midwest and along the U.S. Gulf Coast.