What Is The Keystone Pipeline?

You may have heard a lot about the Keystone Pipeline recently. Here is a video which takes a look back at The Keystone Pipeline from 2 years ago, explaining what exactly it is, who and what is behind it, where it will go and what are the benefits and drawbacks.

Opponents cite the following issues as to why they are against the pipeline: toxic pollution; deforestation to clear areas for extraction; virtually boiling the ground to remove the oil from the tar sand; oil leaks; oil spills; and over-riding property owner’s rights as just a few of the drawbacks.

Proponents say we need to reduce our dependence on unfriendly foreign governments that we currently get our oil from, thousands of jobs will be created to build the pipeline, helping unemployed workers gain full-time employment  (albeit temporary, as the 40,000 construction jobs will be over in a few years, leaving an estimated 50 permanent jobs to run the pipeline, according to CNN).

How Did the Keystone Pipeline Get Approved?

The Canadian National Energy Board approved the pipeline in March 2010. President Barack Obama, acting on advice from the Environmental Protection Agency did not issue the United States permit.

According to President Obama, the project would not: lower gas prices; create long-term permanent  jobs; or achieve energy dependence

Donald Trump issued the permits within days of taking office, stipulating only that American steel be used in the work. “We build it in the United States, we build the pipelines, we want to build the pipe,” he said. “It’s going to put a lot of workers, a lot of steelworkers back to work.”

First Nations groups in Northern Alberta have even gone so far as to sue the provincial and federal government for damages from 15 years of oil sands development they were not consulted on, including treaty-guaranteed rights to hunt, trap and fish on traditional lands.

Watch the video above for more information about the Keystone Pipeline to formulate your own opinion.

Sources: BBC News  & Keystone Pipeline Controversy Explained

Photo: By shannonpatrick17 from Swanton, Nebraska, U.S.A. (keystone pipeline) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons