Two Tar Sands Bitumen Spills in One Week

This is disgusting! An emphatic NO to the Keystone XL Pipeline.

The Green Word

As President Obama continues to ponder the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline (I’m sure it’s keeping him up at night!), this past week saw two significant spills of Alberta Tar Sands oil in the US.

The first spill occurred on Wednesday, March 27th.   Fourteen cars (of a 94-car train) left the tracks, dumping 30,000 gallons (120,000 liters) of the gooey stuff.  Apparently, tar sands bitumen shipment by rail has rapidly increased over the past three years as pipelines of the stuff are facing important public opposition.  Interestingly, according to Reuters, this was the first major spill of the “modern North American crude-by-rail transition boom”.  Makes you wonder: are pipelines really the safest way to move oil?  Or is it simply the fastest (and hence the most profitable)?

The second spill occurred this past Friday, March 29th.  This time, an underground pipeline belonging to Exxon Mobil leaked 10,000 barrels…

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