P Ipelins were made for the transportation of oil. But some, it seems, are made to expire. The Keystone pipeline system is one of those.
The system runs more than 2,600 miles from Canada and to Nebraska, where it splits. And on Tuesday night he began spilling an unknown amount of crude oil near the wetland in the vicinity of Edinburgh north of Dakota. The spill comes almost exactly two years after leaked from the same system .
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The wetlands in the area – also known as prairie holes – provide critical habitat for migratory waterbirds such as geese in Canada, highland sandstones and American mustard. Birds in this region are already threatened due to climate change as it reduces the number of local wetlands. Now, the very substance that causes the climate crisis can put those birds at risk further by degrading their home. And of course every animal is vulnerable to the toxins in crude oil.
The company responsible for this mess, TC Energy – formerly known as TransCanada – said in a statement that it contained a spill and established the necessary systems for monitoring the effects on air, water quality and The wild nature. The cause remains unknown, but federal investigators have determined that the latest spill over this pipeline system was due to a crack that occurred during the pipeline construction, according to a 2018 report by the National Safety Council on transport . This spill dumped more than 407,000 gallons of oil .
We will have to wait to see what the investigators reveal about the extent and cause of the new leak, but this incident is further eroded . public confidence in the company's ability to build infrastructure that can safely transport fossil fuels. The construction of this infrastructure also increases our reliance on the fossil fuels that are driving the climate crisis, making it a dangerous period . Spills are a major risk in each of these projects and are not easily cleaned, as oil can sink deeper and deeper into soils, eventually reaching groundwater. Just because you can't see the oil does not mean it is not still in the environment.
But despite recent spills, TC Energy is trying to extend this pipeline system with a new pipeline: the notorious Keystone XL. The proposed 1,184-mile pipeline will transport up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil between Canada and the US The only reason TC Energy fired at its construction is because of President Donald Trump, who was forced by approval of the project after former President Barack Obama killed him . Many community members, landowners, tribal nations and conservationists are dissatisfied and have filed a lawsuit to stop it . This latest environmental disaster is the perfect example of what they fear. Earther turned to TC Energy for comment and will be updated if we hear back.