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  • Huge XL Pipeline Fuel Leak Keystone Oil Pipeline Leaks in South
    Dakota, as Nebraska Weighs XL

    Nov 16, 2017- TransCanada Corp (TRP.TO) shut part of its Keystone oil pipeline system after a 5,000-barrel leak in South Dakota, the company said on Thursday, four days before neighboring Nebraska was set to decide on the company’s long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline.

    Click to read the Reuters story.

  • The Solar XL Campaign to Stop the Pipeline What’s Next for the Keystone XL Fight?

    Nov 10, 2017- Solar XL is a wave of renewable energy resistance that’s building solar arrays directly in the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline – putting clean energy solutions in the path of the problem.

    The project was launched by Bold Nebraska, 350.org, Indigenous Environmental Network, CREDO, and Oil Change International.

    This 8-minute film shares the stories of the people and vision behind Solar XL. This is bigger than one pipeline. It’s about resisting with clean energy solutions that support communities and protect our climate.

    Click to learn more and watch the video.

  • Nebraska Opens Pipeline Hearings Keystone XL Pipeline Fate in Balance

    Aug 7, 2017- Nebraska regulators opened a final hearing on TransCanada Corp’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline on Monday, a week-long proceeding that marks the last big hurdle for the long-delayed project after President Donald Trump approved it in March.

    The proposed 1,179-mile (1,897-km) pipeline linking Canada’s Alberta oil sands to U.S. refineries has been a lightning rod of controversy for nearly a decade, pitting environmentalists worried about spills and global warming against business advocates who say the project will lower fuel prices, shore up national security and bring jobs.

  • A Safer Method of Tar Sands Production? Environmental Research Firm
    Receives Landmark Patent

    Jul. 31, 2017 - Lakes Environmental Research announced today the issuance of a patent by the US Patent Office that covers a revolutionary oil sands recovery process. The “Novel Ultra-Low Water Oil-Sands Recovery Process” (NUWORP) significantly reduces, with the potential to eliminate, three of the greatest barriers to wider adoption of oil sands production.

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    this Environmental News Network story.

  • Dakota Fight is Not OverFight to Stop the Dakota
    Access Oil Line Revived in Court
    (A.C.E. Doesn't Do it Again)

    June 14, 2017 -A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to adequately consider the impacts of a potential spill from the line on fishing, hunting and “environmental justice, or the degree to which the pipeline’s effects are likely to be highly controversial.” The Corps must review those parts of its decision to allow the $3.8 billion project to go forward.

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  • Natives Resist Pipeline Re-emergenceNative Groups Promise Keystone
    XL, Dakota Pipelines
    Will Draw Mass Resistance

    Jan 31, 2017 -Native rights groups promised to lead a mass mobilization against the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, saying on Monday that they would do everything they could to oppose President Trump's executive action to revive the projects.

  • New Bid Submitted For Keystone XLTransCanada Submits New Application
    to Build Keystone X Pipeline

    Jan. 26, 2017- The company that wants to build the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline says it has submitted a new permit application to the U.S. State Department.

    The announcement came just two days after President Trump took executive actions to speed the approval process for both the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines.

  • TransCanada's Next MoveTransCanada's Next Move After
    Keystone XL:Flood Mexico with Fracked Gas

    Nov.11, 2016- TransCanada, the owner of the recently-nixed northern leg of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, has won a bid from Mexico's government to build a 155-mile pipeline carrying gas from hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in the United States to Mexico's electricity grid.

  • Tar Sands Threaten Green RiverTar Sands Threaten
    Majestic Green River

    Aug. 30, 2016 -This Green River paradise is now threatened by a boondoggle meant to benefit a new generation of corporate villains. Utah's carbon titans are slicing up the plateau for tar sands oil and gas fracking. "Utah's wilderness is under siege and up for sale,"; said Will Munger, a environmental leader and activist.

  • Keystone Route MapWhere the Pipeline will Travel

    See the map showing the proposed pipeline route.



Keystone XL Pipeline Events

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EPA Confirms Keystone XL
Fails President’s Climate Test

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Feb. 3, 2015 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) drove what may prove to be the final nail in the coffin for the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline in comments released today, linking the project to an expansion of the tar sands and a significant increase in greenhouse case emissions.

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The Keystone XL pipeline would have transported toxic tar sands from under Canada’s Boreal forest 2,000 miles to the Gulf of Mexico to be refined and exported. Approving the pipeline would bring increased production of one of the dirtiest, most polluting forms of oil over the coming decades. Note: Mouse over the NRDC logo for a map showimg the proposed pipeline route.
Tar sands oil is not only difficult, costly and energy-intensive to produce but also dirtier and more corrosive than conventional oil. Leaks and spills threaten rivers, aquifers and communities all along the route.

Stopping the Keystone Pipeline

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Omaha Ne, Associated Press - Sept 5, 2012 -The latest proposed Keystone XL pipeline route is TransCanada's second attempt to satisfy state environmental regulators. The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality said in July that the initial revised route crossed land that could erode easily and passed near unconfined aquifers that supply drinking water to residents and livestock.

Activists block Texas site

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Washington Post/Bloomberg, July 27, 2012
The permits dealt a blow to efforts by national environmental groups to slow the momentum behind the southern leg of the project — now also known as the Gulf Coast project. Those groups, including Friends of the Earth and the Sierra Club, have urged their Texas supporters to send comments to the Army Corps, which governs pipeline permits there. The groups have highlighted dangers linked to wetlands and rivers.

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A Crude Handful

Actual lump of tar sands crude
From Inside Climate News, A Dilbit Primer:  How It's Different from Conventional Oil?
When emergency responders rushed to Marshall, Mich. on July 26, 2010, they found that the Kalamazoo River had been blackened by more than one million gallons of oil. They didn't discover until more than a week later that the ruptured pipeline had been carrying diluted bitumen, also known as dilbit, from Canada's tar sands region.
Cleaning it up would challenge them in ways they had never imagined. Instead of taking a couple of months, as they originally expected, nearly two years later the job still isn't complete.

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