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The Obama administration could announce as soon as next month whether it will approve the construction of an oil pipeline that would result in the destruction of hundreds of acres of wetlands, and put wildlife in its path at increased risk.
The proposed Keystone XL Pipeline would carry toxic, sludgy tar-sands oil 1,700 miles from Alberta, Canada to Texas. If approved, it would carry as much as 900,000 barrels of oil each day across more than 70 rivers and streams and other sensitive wildlife habitat. The Canadian energy company seeking permission to build the pipeline claims it will produce no more than a single leak in 7 years but the existing Keystone pipeline has already leaked a dozen times in just one year of operation.
A single spill could be catastrophic to species in the Keystone XL Pipeline’s path–including the highly endangered whooping crane, of which there are less than 400 left in the wild. It would impact habitats of the bald eagle and the endangered American Burying beetle and disrupt the migratory patterns of birds through the destruction of hundreds of acres of wetlands.
Tar sands oil is among the dirtiest fuels on the planet. Its extraction and refining produces up to four times the amount of greenhouse gases as conventional oil and the Alberta tar sands lie beneath Alberta’s vast boreal forest. Clear cutting it to reach the oil beneath will destroy a natural carbon reservoir, increasing the amount of carbon in the atmosphere and wipe out the habitat of lynx, caribou and grizzly bears.
Thank you for your continued support for America’s disappearing wildlife and wild places.