The Nebraska-based Center for Rural Affairs is opposing the issuing of a federal permit for the Keystone X-L pipeline. The pipeline would pump Canadian tar sands oil across much of western South Dakota to refineries on the Gulf Coast. The center’s John Crabtree says there are cleaner sources of energy for America.
Trans Canada, the company building the pipeline, has applied for a permit from the US State Department. That approval is needed because the pipeline crosses the national border. Crabtree says the pipeline has the potential to cause environmental damage in a number of places.
Supporters of the pipeline say it’s better to import oil from friendly sources, like Canada, rather than from unstable countries in South America and the Middle East. The Keystone X-L pipeline would join the Keystone pipeline across eastern South Dakota that went into production earlier this year.