Scattered out across Montana, North and South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas, there are dozens of huge lime green TransCanada trucks, headed our way. Loaded with pipe and heavy equipment, they weigh over 200,000 pounds each. They are taking their time as they meander across the country, cutting through Indian reservations and county roads in order to avoid costly weigh stations. Some are heading for the six Oklahoma counties where the most toxic and dangerous pipeline on earth will be installed. Some will go straight through to Texas.
TransCanada has gone to great lengths to avoid any potential liability for the havoc they intend to wreak on our counties, our state and our region.
Why didn’t they just run their pipeline across their on country? Because the people of Canada understood how toxic this tarsand oil really is, and they knew TransCanada’s poor safety record. The Canadian people said “No”, so they decided to bring their pipeline right down through the middle of Indian country.
You’ve probably been told that TransCanada is going to pay a lot of ad valorem taxes. The amount of taxes they will pay will be small in comparison to the damage they will do to our roads and bridges, not to mention our underground water.
You have probably been told that this is just another pipeline. Nothing could be further from the truth. Tarsand oil is too sluggish to move smoothly through the pipe on it own, so it will be heated. There has never, in the history of our planet, been a pipeline that big carrying hot oil laced with benzine and arsenic.
I urge you to look at the easements TransCanada pressured your friends and neighbors into signing. Unless your friends are very wealthy and spent a great deal of money on attorneys, the easements leave TransCanada blame free. When that pipeline leaks (and it will leak sooner or later) your county, your state and your constituents will be left holding the bag.
Perhaps you think you are off the hook because the pipeline does not come through your county. That doesn’t mean that TransCanada’s Trojan trucks won’t cut through your county, tearing up your roads and bridges.
I urge you to strictly enforce all existing weight limits on county roads and bridges, and to decrease those limits where appropriate to keep TransCanada’s truck from doing permanent and irreparable damage to our roads and bridges.
I am attaching a link to a brief video where three Texas landowners talk about how TransCanada trespassed on their land and pressured them into signing easements they didn’t want to sign:
Click on the title: “Texas Landowners Fight Keystone XL Pipeline”
The third speaker on this video is a pipefitter/mechanic/welder named Mike Hawthorne. Mike explains:
It’s a dangerous pipeline. This is a tarsand under high pressure and high temperatures, and I know what sandblasting does to metal. It’s gonna eat is up, and it’s gonna eat it up pretty fast.
This pipeline can leak 1.7 million gallons of tarsand oil per day without triggering any alert system. Eventually, it will leak into our Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer.
Thank you for your careful consideration of this important matter.
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