C. Elizabeth Smith
Currently, there is legislation on the table in congress to repair, increase, and expand a pipeline that will transfer Alberta Tar Sands (also called Oil Sands) to the gulf of Mexico. Already built, is a pipeline that transfers oil sands of crude, somewhat solid, bitumen to refineries in Illinois and Oklahoma and soon, perhaps, Huston Texas and the Gulf of Mexico.
The new expanded pipeline is expected to cost 7 billion dollars, consist of 5 percent of US oil needs, while replacing 9 percent of our current oil imports. Interesting numbers; however, why isn’t it approved yet?
Environmentalist everywhere have been protesting this issue for a while and have actually succeeded in stalling the topic’s progression in Congress. The National Resource Defense Council actually spoke up on the issue saying that it plays against the US commitment to a clean energy economy and members of Congress actually wrote a letter to Secretary Clinton to push against the pipeline, as well. The EPA has been in on the action and played its role by drafting an environmental assessment to the state department saying the expansion plan had to be mended due to a lack of preparation in case of oil spill occurrences. After it was mended, the EPA responded saying that it wouldn’t pose a threat as long as environmental measures were followed.
Uh-huh, Well, we all know how well environmental regulations work on oil drilling platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.
It doesn’t help that the current pipeline had to be shut down due to leaking at a pump station, in Kansas; it was reported by a Canadian News source. Everything is now running smoothly after extensive cleanup occurred in the surrounding areas of the Kansas pumping station.
Perhaps the 7 billion could be spent better elsewhere? Crude tar sand costs more oil and money to refine once it is delivered all the while depositing greenhouse gasses into our atmosphere through the extensive refinement it needs, and again through our cars.
Electric never looked so good, when being compared to tar from Alberta.