Keystone XL Pipeline questions

To the editor:

I’ve been reading all the great things the US will derive from the Keystone XL Pipeline, and was really appreciative of our great friends in Canada generously sending all those great things to us rather than hoarding them for themselves. Take jobs.

The American Petroleum Institute website says about 42,000 well paid jobs, between $20 and $30 per hour, will be generated and another 86,000 other jobs. I assume they are not as well paying. So, 42,000 job at $20 per hour calculates out to $1.7 billion. The 86,000 job, even at today’s minimum wage of $7.50 per hour calculates out to about $1.3 billion. I am curious why Canada does not want to keep $4 billion in jobs and build the pipeline in their own country. Maybe they are just swell folks who really like us. Or do they know something about tar sand petroleum that we don’t?

In researching it on the internet, tar sand petroleum is like it says, tar and sand and petroleum and lots of other chemicals that makes it poor quality, dirty to refine (what do you do with all the sand?), highly corrosive and highly flammable (Lac-Megantic, Canada train derailment in 2013). So what happens to steel pipe when rubbed constantly with sand and corrosive chemicals? It springs leaks and the tar stuff leaks out. If you ever tried cleaning it off your car you know how hard it is to remove tar. In July 2010 an Enbridge pipeline (same folks who would build Keystone) sprung a leak and poured about 860,000 gallons of tar sand petroleum into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan. in December 2013, three and a half years later, Enbridge asked the EPA for an extension to the clean up deadline because there was still 20% of the tar oil left in the river. They state that they will never be able to clean it all up and restore the river. I am wondering if those 42,000 well paying jobs are the ones needed to clean up tar sand oil spills? I was always told that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Bill Harris

New Ulm

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