ExxonMobil Arkansas Tar Sands Spill Reignites Keystone XL Debate

by , 04/02/13

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“Whether it’s the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, or this mess in Arkansas, Americans are realizing that transporting large amounts of this corrosive and polluting fuel is a bad deal for American taxpayers and for our environment. Tar sands oil is already the dirtiest, riskiest oil around, and should not be getting a free ride across America. It’s time that we recognize the real effects producing and burning this oil will have on our climate, and the real world damage it can cause when it is spilled in our neighborhoods,” Markey said.

On March 14, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation that would allow Congress to approve the Keystone XL pipeline instead of the president. The bill was co-authored by Republican Senator Mark Pryor, John Hoeven, a North Dakota Republican, and Montana Democrat Max Baucus.

“The route has been approved and the studies have been completed. The President has been sitting on this valuable opportunity for far too long. Our bill gives Congress the authority it needs to move forward with this vital project and create jobs here at home,” said Pryor. The Senator has yet to comment on the Mayflower spill or reports claiming that the Keystone XL would only provide as few as 20 permanent jobs. With tar sands pipelines having dumped 3.6 times as much crude oil per pipeline mile since the nineties and waterways still suffering from the effects of pollution, can we truly afford to continue moving such dangerous material?

Via Environment News Service/ NRDC Switchboard

Images via Flickr user Tarsandsaction and Greenpeace

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  1. bojamajams April 2, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    It always amazes me how long it takes them to shut down the flow of oil through these lines. Until they institute more stringent safety standards I don’t think any pipeline should be approved, especially one so high risk as this…

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