Land mogul and neighbor Ted Turner says he doesn't want Keystone XL wrecking his beautiful Bad River Ranch:
Closer to home, the pipeline presents an immediate threat to drinking water for millions and to the livelihood of farmers and ranchers. To transport via pipeline, the thick tar sands crude must be mixed with toxic chemicals and then pumped at extreme temperature and pressure. This sets the stage for more pipeline failures and spills that create a highly toxic mess.
The existing Keystone 1 tar sands pipeline has spilled more than 12 times in its first 12 months of operation. In July 2010, a spill of more than 800,000 gallons of toxic tar sands crude from the Enbridge pipeline contaminated more than 30 miles of water and shoreline along the Kalamazoo River in Michigan. This created public health problems, threats to groundwater, widespread fish kills, and destruction of wildlife habitat, contamination that is still being cleaned up at a cost exceeding $700 million. Downstream landowners like me are thinking this is a preview of coming attractions if Keystone XL is built [Ted Turner, "Keystone Oil Pipeline Would Risk Disaster," CNN, 2012.02.22].
Turner, a more experienced and successful businessman than I, agrees with me that the economic benefits promised by TransCanada and Republican pipeline boosters are mostly bogus:
Meanwhile, the pro-pipeline lobby is pushing the public to accept Keystone XL with fuzzy promises about jobs and security. But TransCanada's jobs claims have been widely discredited, and there is no guarantee the oil transported by the pipeline would remain in the United States for sale. An attempt in Congress to require the oil to be consumed in the United States was rejected just last week, and it has been widely detailed that Gulf Coast refineries plan to export the finished product to Europe and Latin America. How do we become more energy secure under that scenario? [Turner, 2012.02.22]
In other news, a diesel pipeline has ruptured and spilled about 500 barrels of fuel up by Aberdeen. Stuff happens. Let's minimize the stuff.
Update 2012.02.25 19:04 MST: Kevin Woster gets more on Turner's Keystone XL concerns from Turner's ranch manager Tom LeFaive.