TransCanada Keystone Pipeline Springs 21 Leaks in Canada

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  1. I believe you have misused a possessive pronoun in the last sentence. Didn't you mean to say "TransCanada's Congresswoman . . . " or "Their Congresswoman. . . . ."?

  2. "In one case on the Keystone pipeline, the board noted that crude oil leaked in January from a threaded connection due to vibration at a pump station in Hardisty, Alberta. It was repaired after the “threads were re-taped."

    I wonder if they meant "re-tapped." See:

    http://dictionary.die.net/tap
    versus
    http://dictionary.die.net/tape

    Big difference in literal terms. Bigger difference in interpretation and innuendo.

  3. Author

    Good point, Stan! At first, I read taped and assumed it was something like putting plumber's tape in the threads. Your comment reminded me that we're talking about fittings that broke due to the mechanical vibration pushing a couple hundred gallons of heavy oil per second, not the water running through copper to my faucet.

  4. I really hope they continue the Pipeline work and I will do all I can to support it.

  5. Author

    Hey, Dan! Does that include prioritizing the eminent domain claims of a foreign corporation over the land rights of local South Dakota landowners who prefer not to have 900,000 barrels of oil rushing under their property every day?

  6. anybody that thinks its ok for a foriegn company or the united states to take your land or rights to it should use your second amendments rights.did they even offer to pay for the right to run pipe under their property?georgia did away with eminent domain in the state. i pray nobody ever trys to take my land or anything thats not theirs for the taking.im not a violet person,but i can be when it comes to what is mine!

  7. Unfortunately the US property rights only apply to surface soil. I do not remember to what depth, but once you dig deep enough you enter what is labeled as "Governmental Domain". I believe that TransCanada is planning on burying their pipeline below this depth. Therefore the only rights land owners truely have is to deny digging rights on their property.

  8. Author

    Pipeline depth: 4 feet. People dig basements deeper than that.

    James, even if this "governmental domain" concept has any application here, an argument about digging rights still has the same practical effect: unless TransCanada planned to use horizontal drilling along the entire pipeline route, TransCanada still has to either buy or seize through the courts our property. They also are using eminent domain to seize perpetual right of way to access and service the pipeline. So it's more than the physical disruption; TransCanada is seizing the right to permanently trespass on and thus deny us use of our land.

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