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Coalition Launches Ad Campaign: The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is all risk, and no reward


By: All Risk No Reward Coalition

April 5, 2013 - The cost-benefit analysis of this risky venture makes it clear that the pipeline is not in our national interest.

The lengthy laundry list of risks—to water1, public health2, and climate3, not to mention the fine print4—is not worth a pipeline that exports oil to foreign countries like China and Venezuela, does nothing to reduce our dependence on Middle Eastern oil, and creates only 35 permanent jobs.

"There is no reward of energy independence with this pipeline. Only risks to our land and water. The jobs will soon disappear, the energy independence will be on a ship to some unknown destination, but the scar on America's landscape will be with us forever."

- Randy Thompson, All Risk No Reward Coalition to Stop Keystone XL Chair

Fact Sheet #1

Keystone XL: Not In Our National Interest

White Paper #1

Keystone XL White Paper


[1] Water: Dr. John Stansbury, a Professor of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering at the University of Nebraska, released a report that the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would result in 91 major spills over the 50 year life of the pipeline. Given the unique chemical makeup of tar sand oil that causes the dilbit to sink in water, these spills are particularly difficult to clean-up and have long-lasting environmental impacts, as witnessed by the tar sands spill in the Kalamazoo River.

[2] Public Health: The proposed pipeline route passes through the Ogallala Aquifer, one of the largest sources of freshwater in the country that provides drinking water and irrigation to millions of Americans. A spill in this important body of water would contaminate drinking water and lead to serious health concerns and complications.

[3] Climate: In the EIS, the State Department reported that tar sands produce 17 percent more greenhouse gases emissions than average crude oil, and NASA climate scientist James Hansen has said that Keystone would be "game over" for climate.

[4] Land and landowner rights: Thousands of landowners will be forced to give their land to TransCanada, a foreign corporation, for the pipeline. Many landowners will have their land claimed against their will via eminent domain. Not only does this raise concerns for property rights, but it also poses risks to critical agricultural land. Native rights: The pipeline route passes through a number of sacred tribal grounds, including the Ponca's Trail of Tears. Native tribes are concerned about health and cultural impacts of the pipeline, concerns that have not been adequately addressed by the State Department.

The All Risk, No Reward Coalition includes: Oil Change International, League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, League of Women Voters, Indigenous Environmental Network, Bold Nebraska, Keystone XL Truthforce, STOP Tarsands, Sandhills Beef, Nebraska Farmers Union, Nebraska Interfaith Power and Light, League of Women Voters Nebraska, and Dakota Rural Action.



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