Stop fear-mongering about pipeline

July 21, 2017

I was concerned by the fear-mongering perspective the author of a July 16 letter to the editor used in her attempt to persuade readers against the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. I’d like to set the record straight.

First, to level-set the discussion, for many decades to come, America is going to rely more on oil and natural gas than all other energy sources. That is according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, and it includes aggressive development of renewables and alternative sources.

Second, let’s remember there are millions of miles of pipelines in America, and they are by far the safest and least expensive way to transport oil and natural gas with a 99.999 percent safety record. So, saying the KXL would have a “high potential to contaminate,” or that it would be “damaging to our air and our world,” turns this more into an elementary debate than a serious conversation.

In reality, KXL would utilize new technologies. It includes 59 safety measures that go above current government safety requirements and comes with 24/7 monitoring. Importantly, it will be built by American professionals who are the best laborers...

Read entire article at Billings Gazette.


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