Not 'If' But 'When'

Andrea Germanos

A new time-lapse video from the Center for Biological Diversity brings frightening visualization to the 8,000 U.S. pipeline "incidents," i.e. spills and explosions, since 1986 that have brought death and destruction to the US.  With President Obama's decision on the Keystone XL—which officials say could spill up to 100 times during its lifetime—looming, the environmental group says his choice is clear.

 “The question is not if Keystone XL will spill, but when. For this and so many other reasons, Keystone XL should never be built,” says Center for Biological Diversity's Noah Greenwald.

Using data from the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the visualization shows the 8,000 "significant" incidents that caused 500 deaths, 2,300 injuries and almost $7 billion in damages.

These "incidents" have spilled the equivalent of 200 barrels every day.  And it's not just oil.  Natural gas, propane, diesel and other noxious substances have all been part of this ongoing fossil fuel contamination.

Greenwald says, “This video ought to be a serious wake-up call to any senator who’s voted in favor of Keystone in the past.”

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