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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Negative Affects Of The KeyStone PipeLine Keystone XL Would Not Reduce Foreign Oil Dependency The oil to be sent through Keystone XL pipeline was never destined for US markets. In its own presentation to investors about the proposed pipeline extension, TransCanada (the company behind Keystone XL) boasted that most if not all of the extracted and refined oil would be exported --- sold in oversees markets where oil fetches a higher price Keystone XL Would Have Increased Domestic Oil Prices Currently, Canadian oil reserves stored in the Midwest help suppress gas prices in the United States, particularly for farmers in our nations heartland.In its permit application for the pipeline, TransCanada noted that the Keystone XL pipeline would allow the company to drain these reserves and export that fuel as well. According to TransCanadas own statements, this would raise gas prices in the United States, especially in the Midwest. Keystone XL Overstated Number of Jobs to be Created In 2008, TransCanadas original permit application to the State Department said the Keystone XL pipeline would create a peak workforce of approximately 3,500 to 4,200 construction personnel in temporary jobs building the pipeline.By 2011, now facing growing opposition to the pipeline, TransCanada had inflated these numbers (using undisclosed formulas) to 20,000. Supporters of the proposal, backed by big oil, have since trumpeted these trumped up numbers. Current Keystone Pipeline Leaked 12 Times in Last Year The pipeline that the Obama administration has rejected the permit for would be an extension of a pipeline that has already leaked -- not just once, but 12 times in the last year.While TransCanada tried to dismiss these leaks as minor averaging just five to 10 gallons of oil each, the leak on May 7, 2011 near Millner, N.D., spilled about 21,000 gallons of oil in total. The Environmental Concerns About Oil Leaks Are Justified Nebraskas Republican Governor Dave Heineman strongly opposed the Keystone XL project because the pipeline would run through a massive and vital aquifer in his state the supplies clean drinking water to over 2 million Americans plus water that fuels the regions agriculture industry. Building the pipeline might have created a few thousand temporary jobs but even a minor oil spill in or near the aquifer would have jeopardized hundreds of thousands of jobs, not to mention the health and safety of millions. Meanwhile, in Michigan where a similar tar sands pipeline spilled over 840,000 gallons of crude oil into the Kalamazoo River in 2010, residents are still complaining of headaches, dizziness and nausea while studies continue to look at the long-term effects of just being near such an oil spill when it happens. / Published January 18, 2012
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