Existing and Planned Tar Sands Pipelines Criss-Cross All of North America

Steve Kinsman By Steve Kinsman, 3rd Feb 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1iwyz-an/
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It is not only the Keystone XL Pipeline that is a threat to our environment, but thousands of miles of other pipelines as well.

Coming Soon: A Tar Sands pipeline to a neighborhood near you

The TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline is constantly in the news, as people from North Dakota all the way to Texas put their lives and their bodies on the line through courageous acts of civil disobedience in concerted efforts to block its construction. What many are unaware of, however, is that Keystone XL is just the tip of the iceberg. Existing and planned pipeline projects are crossing the length and breadth of Canada and the United States. All of the pipelines originate in Alberta, and they all snake their way east, west and south to refineries and seaports, where the oil will not be consumed in either Canada or America, but shipped to Europe, China and South America. Thus, a couple of energy conglomerates collude with state and federal government to seize property through eminent domain, threatening the health of our environment as never before, so that they and a handful of oilmen in places like Texas and Louisiana can become even more filthy rich than they are today.

Al Monaco, CEO of Enbridge Corporation, proudly states that the oil giant is "investing $15 billion in three initiatives that can provide additional markets for about one million barrels (a day) of Alberta production. And that is in addition to all the regional pipeline development we're taking in the oilsands and elsewhere."

First Nations come together to try to block pipelines

During the last week in January representatives from over 25 US and Canadian First Nations came together on Yankton Sioux land in South Dakota to stand in solidarity against pipeline construction. The gathering formally called upon governments to halt all pipeline projects and end Alberta tar sands development.

The tribes issued a statement: "Oil sands projects present unacceptable risks to the soil, the waters, the air, sacred sights, and our ways of life." The signers of the statement pledged "mutual and collective opposition to the XL Pipeline, Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipelines through British Columbia, and the Kinder-Morgan trans-mountain pipeline and tanker projects that are being reviewed by the Canadian government."

Link: The World's Most Destructive Project

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Rania, Jamie & Reni
4th Feb 2013 (#)

Steve, dear one, thank you for such an enlightening article.

Although we live in Alberta, Canada, not much is spoken about this issue, unless one happens to be native..

And thank you for the map!

Though I am not all that well versed about this issue as yourself and others may be, I will share with you what I saw.

I had a vision that the Alberta Government had issue with the U.S. about our gas and oil and it came to pass (maybe as a warning) that the U.S. attacked Alberta in order to have its way.

When I saw the vision (several years ago) I thought it somewhat preposterous.

Imagine sending in ground troops to the neighbour to the north! which is us!

But now that that future has somewhat arrived with drones in the air, maybe that vision is not so far off.

I sincerely hope that vision never comes to pass.

We did not have any idea the shipment was to include Europe. This is getting crazier by the day. And Venezuela has enough oil and gas to look after their neighbours - so someone in the U.S. government is trying to undermine that country as well because President Chavez will not kow-tow to the Americans and their vicious foreign policy.

- Uthrania Seila

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
4th Feb 2013 (#)

It will be interesting to see how all this plays out. Thanks for commenting, Uthrania Seila.

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author avatar Reni Sentana-Ries
4th Feb 2013 (#)

Hi Steve. I worked in the Alberta Tar Sands in the Engineering Depts. of Suncor and Syncrude, yet I never knew they are now shipping this crude for 10s of thousands of miles to Europe, China, and South America. What nuttiness!! Those markets down there have their own oil resources and don't need ours while at the same time the North American continent imports crude from Saudi Arabia and Iraq. I can only compare this insanity with importing chicken and eggs from France while our own neighbourhood chicken farmers go broke for lack of markets.

Sounds like a conspiracy in action to me, where the merchants are the big winners and local producers become nothing but losers.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
4th Feb 2013 (#)

I think you're right on the mark.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
4th Feb 2013 (#)

As a BC resident where many protests have taken place,I thank you for this article.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
4th Feb 2013 (#)

Keep protesting in B.C. We need all the support we can get. Thanks C.D.

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author avatar Tricia Kinsman
14th Feb 2013 (#)

It is absolutely chilling to look at this map. These tar sands pipelines, like hydraulic fracturing, are inexcusable assaults on our earth. Some attempt to justify them by talking of "energy independence," but this is obfuscation, masking unjustifiable greed. The fact that much of this oil will be exported is proof. People need to wake up, because this is occurring not just in *other* people's back yards, but in ALL of our back yards!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
14th Feb 2013 (#)

Fifty activists, including Julian Bond, Darryl Hannah and Bill McKibben, were arrested yesterday at the White House protesting this insanity. Obama will make his decision to o.k. or not o.k. the Keystone XL pipeline at the end of March. My guess is he'll cave.

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author avatar Retired
6th Mar 2013 (#)

Ditto what Tricia said. Thanks for your own on-line activism Steve. :)

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
7th Mar 2013 (#)

You're welcome, and thanks for commenting rama devi.

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