Canadian Tar Sands Threaten America’s Water Supply October 21, 2010Posted by Jamie Friedland in Climate Change, Politics.
Tags: Athabasca, Hillary Clinton, Keystone XL, Ogallala, Oil, oil pipelines, Oil sands, Tar sands, TransCanada
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New post at Change.org:
What if I told you there was an alternative to offshore oil? Don’t get too excited, it’s still oil. What’s more, it’s an alternative that releases three to five times the greenhouse gas emissions and also contaminates up to five barrels of water for each barrel of oil produced, all with the added ecosystem devastation of mountaintop removal mining. Enticed yet? Well, meet tar sands.
The planned Keystone XL pipeline will bisect our nation as it pumps pressurized oil 2000 miles from Alberta to Texas. The Great Plains may not be densely populated or a biodiversity hotspot, but it is America’s breadbasket. An oil spill beneath this proposed pipeline could have devastating consequences. The Midwest is home to the Ogallala aquifer, one of the largest underground water reservoirs in the world. It sprawls over 174,000 square miles beneath most of Nebraska and eight different Great Plains states. It provides 30 percent of the nation’s irrigation water and 82 percent of the drinking water consumed by those who live above it.
Were oil to spill from the Keystone XL pipeline, it could migrate into and contaminate this vital water source. And it’s not as if pipeline leaks are unheard of: just this year, within the United States, we’ve already had leaks in Michigan, Illinois, and Alaska.
And Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she’s about ready to approve the project. Read the full post here and sign a petition to stop it here.