Key U-S Senate leaders say the Keystone XL Oil Pipeline is near the top of their agenda and plan to address it next month.
Supporters and opponents continue to dig in their heels on what has turned into a controversial issue. Chris Faulkner is the founder of Breitling Energy and says transporting oil sands through a pipeline is a much safer alternative to truck or train.
Faulkner says, “Whether you like it or not, the oil from Canada is already coming into our country right now via truck and train. It is 700 miles of pipeline that is being added to 2.1 million miles of pipeline. This is the method we have used to transport oil here for the last 70 years. I just don’t see the big deal. The oil coming in by truck or train is far more of a safety concern than oil going into a pipeline built with the latest technology.”
Jennifer Krill is the executive director of the environmental group Earthworks and has a different take. She says, “The Keystone XL Pipeline is not about American energy independence. It is about Canadian tar sands getting shipped through the American heartland to the coast where it is going to be exported. For Americans the Keystone XL Pipeline is all risk and no reward.”
Krill goes on to say there is no good solution to transporting oil and that is one of the good reasons we need to phase out fossil fuel all together.
Some landowners in Nebraska filed lawsuits and continue to fight the new proposed path through their property.