The Keystone Xl Pipeline Project Essay

894 Words Oct 16th, 2016 4 Pages
The Keystone XL Pipeline is the proposed last segment of the greater Keystone Pipeline project owned by TransCanada which would run from Hardisty, Alberta (in Canada) to Steele City, Nebraska. The proposed pipeline would carry oil sands from Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast (Cama and Wilson 14).This pipeline would utilize a bitumen-harvesting process which is more environmentally damaging and less efficient than the tradition oil drilling process. Additionally, the pipeline has been controversial due to the environmental hazards tin its operation (Issitt). One of the major groups of protestors to the Keystone Pipeline are Native American Tribes including the Northern Arapaho Tribe, Yankton Sioux Tribe, and Blackfeet tribe. Their feelings of opposition are so strong that the president of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Cyril Scott, declared that the approval of such a pipeline would be, “an act of war against our people” (Cama and Wilson 18). Among other concerns, the tribes feel that the pipeline impinges on their water rights, damages their sacred land, as well as disregards the American treaty (Cama and Wilson 14). There are also negative economic implications of this pipeline to Nebraskan farmers ashis would have a negative impact on agricultural commodities which contributed $21.8 billion to Nebraska’s economy in 2009 (Woods 144).
This photograph depicts a protest of the Keystone XL Pipeline on the National Mall in Washington, DC which took place in April of 2014;…

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