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Larry Larsen, Mandan, N.D., Published March 14 2014

Letter: Nothing sound about Keystone

TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL 36-inch diameter pipeline will transport 830,000 barrels of highly corrosive, unstable, toxic, dense-semifluid bituminous Alberta tar-sands oil daily, on its 1,664-mile trek across the United States to Gulf Coast refineries. A shorter alternative 728-mile Canadian route across the Rocky Mountains to British Columbia seaports on the Pacific Ocean has met with fierce Canadian opposition.

The pipeline will not enter North Dakota. Yet, it will cross the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers that flow into pristine Lake Sakakawea.

Heavy, dense-semifluid-tar-sands oil sinks in water, rendering surface oil containment skimmers nonfunctional. TransCanada claims the project will create 9,000 jobs. In truth, it will create about 35-45 permanent and 3,000 temporary, two-year jobs. TransCanada claims tar-sands oil will make us energy independent. In truth, Bakken shale is doing that right now and most, or all, of the refined gasoline will be shipped to Communist China.

Every day, the thick semifluid tar-sand oil will be thinned, allowing it to better flow through the pipeline, by adding 100,000 barrels of highly explosive methane (natural gas) saturated Bakken crude at a Baker, Mont., terminal; which, in truth, will turn the pipeline into a Timothy McVeigh-type person’s dream.

The pipeline crosses the Ogallala Aquifer, underlying portions of Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Texas. In truth, this aquifer yields 30 percent of the irrigation ground water, used in the U.S. and 82 percent of the drinking water for 2.3 million inhabitants in the area.

Hopefully, President Barack Obama will nix this dangerous project that only benefits the environmentally unfriendly oil behemoths lobbying elected Washington politicians.