re: Keystone XL + potential hazards of transporting heavy Canadian crude

The NYT recently reviewed some of the potential hazards of transporting heavy Canadian crude via pipeline across the United States, by exploring communities stricken by (inland) oil spills (from pipelines).

In one example the rupture of an Enbridge Energy pipeline (to date the largest oil pipeline failure in the country’s history), will because of the nature of heavy crude, require dredging to remove the estimated 180,000 gallons that have likely drifted to the bottom of the Kalamazoo River and Talmadge Creek in Marshall Michigan.

The company has also “become one of the largest landowners in the area” since the spill and project total cleanup costs of nearly $1 billion.

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