Clinton: TransCanada to upgrade pipeline safety
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says U.S. officials are working with a Canadian company to develop safety standards beyond those required by law as the State Department weighs a plan to pipe oil from western Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast.
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#1 Aug 9, 2011
You can't have your cake and eat it too. The TransCanada Keystone pipeline has already leaked twelve times and has been in operation for less than a year. The XL pipeline, if it is built, will be made from weak steel made in China. In addition, the PHMSA has waivered US standards for pipeline thickness to allow for the weak pipe from China. University of Nebraska Prof. John Stansbury has challenged TransCanada's frequency volume study. John Stansbury also works with the US Corps of Engineers. The Public is aware of the Yellowstone River catastrophe. If you want a safe pipeline that would create real jobs demand the pipeline be made of strong US Steel. Demand that the XL pipeline be moved away from the Ogallala Aquifer. In addition, demand that TransCanada stop bullying landowners with the threat of eminent domain while offering easement agreements of only a one time payment in perpetuity. Land agents hired by TransCanada broke Nebraska law—they did not hold Nebraska real estate licenses. Cease and desist orders were issued against the agents. In tesifying in front of the Nebraska Natural Resources Committee the TransCanada representative denied taking responsibility saying,” That is not the way we do business. The company we hired did that.” The land, water, and the drinking water of US citizens is being put to risk so TransCanada can make money suppying oil to China. If you want real jobs that would make a difference demand that the pipe be made out of strong US steel. The safest pipeline can only be built from the strongest steel which is made in the United States not China. The safest pipeline is located away from the Ogallala aquifer and all well-head protection areas. Contrary to TransCanada's claims, The TransCanada XL pipeline will not be the safest pipeline that could be built. It is insane to risk the The Ogallala Aquifer to TransCanada, a foreign company that is not reputable, and to the PHMSA which is inadequate. Deny the Presidential Permit.
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