The 10 Most Powerful Reactions to the Keystone Pipeline Spill
For opponents, this spill is a concrete example of the risks of further construction.
The Keystone Pipeline ruptured in South Dakota yesterday morning, leaking 210,000 gallons of oil into the surrounding area, according to a statement by TransCanada, the owner of the pipeline.
After the spill was detected, the pipeline was turned off and emergency crews worked to contain the incident, the company reported.
Since the accident occurred in a remote part of the state, no groundwater sources were affected, according to CNN.
The Keystone Pipeline has been at the center of a years-long, multi-faceted political dispute involving environmentalists, indigenous groups, oil companies, and federal and state officials.
Those who oppose the ongoing construction of the pipeline say that it risks contaminating local environments, accelerates climate change by enabling fossil fuel companies, and violates the rights of native groups.
Supporters argue that the pipeline is a more efficient and safer way to transport oil that would otherwise be transported via trucks.
This latest spill in South Dakota has renewed the controversy surrounding the pipeline, especially because Nebraska is expected to make a decision on the construction of a related pipeline, Keystone XL, which farmer groups and others are opposing, according to The New York Times.
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For opponents of the pipeline, this spill is a concrete example of the risks of further construction.
Many people have expressed outrage, confusion, and dismay. Here are 10 of the most powerful responses to the pipeline.
Sierra Club Beyond Dirty Fuels campaign director Kelly Martin statement:
“We’ve always said it’s not a question of whether a pipeline will spill, but when, and today TransCanada is making our case for us. This is not the first time TransCanada’s pipeline has spilled toxic tar sands, and it won’t be the last.”
May Boeve, 350.org Executive Director statement:
“This is exactly the kind of disaster we can expect more of if Keystone XL is approved. No matter what TransCanada says, there’s no such thing as a safe fossil fuel pipeline."
For months, hundreds of protesters, many of them arrested, doused with tear gas and water hoses in subzero temperatures, told the world, repeatedly, Keystone Pipeline was a disaster waiting to happen. They were mocked.— Charles Clymér🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) November 17, 2017
Today, 210,000 gallons were spilled. It's just the start.
You all act like Native people are chicken little when we talk about about harms that these oil pipelines inevitably...history unfortunately shows #Indigenous people to be right again and again and again and... #KeystoneXLhttps://t.co/wpTHQniVv7— BigIndianGyasi (@BigIndianGyasi) November 16, 2017
Keystone Pipeline leaks 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota.— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) November 16, 2017
We warned everyone with our protests and we were promised it would be safe.
The project continued and now look at what happened.#NoKXLpic.twitter.com/Ed9VWauOi9
This is the THIRD oil spill on @TransCanada Keystone 1 pipeline! The last was 300 gallons & took MONTHS to clean. Imagine 200 THOUSAND!— Dallas Goldtooth (@dallasgoldtooth) November 16, 2017
Trump’s plan to cleanup the Keystone pipeline spill. pic.twitter.com/cmmUBHSODH— Sustainability Hub (@Sustainabhub) November 17, 2017
This spill should be a stark warning for Nebraska’s PSC as it considers TransCanada’s proposed route for Keystone XL through some of the state’s most sensitive farmlands and aquifers. https://t.co/XMrfDIDyHB— NRDC (@NRDC) November 17, 2017
Interesting to look back on this tweet after TransCanada reported that the Keystone Pipeline leaked 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota. https://t.co/HfmY1udySv— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 17, 2017
The same controversial structure whose extension triggered the Standing Rock protests has leaked about 5,000 barrels https://t.co/ywbmDVNqTQ— National Geographic (@NatGeo) November 17, 2017