A new Public Citizen report (embedded below) documents construction problems and more than 125 excavations of possible anomalies and engineering code violations along the Texas portion of the pipeline that, if unaddressed, pose a heightened risk of spills of highly toxic tar sands.
Public Citizen to Ask for Delay in Startup of the Keystone XL’s Southern Segment;
New Report Documents Possible Anomalies and Construction Problems
Public Citizen today called for a delay in the startup of the southern segment of Keystone XL. A new Public Citizen report (embedded below) documents construction problems and more than 125 excavations of possible anomalies and engineering code violations along the Texas portion of the pipeline that, if unaddressed, pose a heightened risk of spills of highly toxic tar sands.
The pipeline, which will traverse 631 streams and rivers in Texas alone, is scheduled to be filled with oil before the end of the year. The report echoes of history repeating itself; past TransCanada pipeline construction problems have resulted in an explosion on a six-month old pipeline, and a new pipeline that leaked more than 12 times within a year.
The report is based on information gathered by Public Citizen in collaboration with a former TransCanada engineer and whistleblower. Public Citizen and the former engineer interviewed landowners, observed excavation sites, and reviewed video and hundreds of photos of damaged pipe and new construction work sites. The bottom line: Public Citizen has uncovered issues that should prompt officials enough to hit the pause button on the startup of the southern segment of the Keystone XL and launch an immediate investigation into TransCanada’s quality assurance program and possible federal violations of engineering code for pipeline construction.
TC Energy’s original Keystone oil pipeline recorded its 22nd spill on Dec. 7, 2022. According to Reuters, “An emergency shutdown and response was initiated at about 9 p.m. CT on Dec. 7 after alarms and a pressure drop in the system, the company said in a release, adding booms were deployed to control downstream migration […]
UPDATE: View photos of the 2022 Ponca Corn Planting on Facebook. We and our hosts Helen and Art Tanderup and family are excited to be able to invite all of our friends to join us again this year on Saturday, April 30th for the Ninth Annual Planting of Sacred Ponca Corn, on Ponca Nation land […]
We are excited to announce that we are once again able to invite a limited number of friends to join us on Saturday, Oct. 16 for this year’s eighth annual harvest of sacred Ponca corn, planted on Ponca Nation land, on Art & Helen Tanderup’s family farm in the path of the now-cancelled Keystone XL […]