posted on Mar, 3 2013 @ 06:38 AM
I worked as a pipeline surveyor on the southern portion for the KXL project for almost 3 years. Obama deciding to postpone indefinately caused me to
get laid off back in 2011 but there is one thing I would like to add to this thread. These pipeline companies are not in business so that the average
American joe-schmoe can pay 10 or 15 cents less at the pump. They are in it to make money for themselves. At whatever cost to anyone else.
I remember one time we were surveying a route on this guys property that was following an already existing pipeline in the ground. There was a small
creek that needed to be profiled. The already existing pipeline was a natural gas pipeline that was bored under the creek. The pipeline was leaking a
steady stream of natural gas bubbling into the creek. There was nothing alive in the creek that I saw. Not even pond skimmers. So we let our
supervisor know and he contacted the owners of the pipeline and let them know they had a leaky pipe. 3 weeks later we had to go to the same tract of
land for something else and the pipe was still bubbling away in the bottom of the creek. We told another survey crew about it and they said that they
had reported it several WEEKS before we even went there the first time. This is just one instance of something like this happening. I personally can
attest to several more.
So lets say that the KXL pipeline is completed all the way to Texas. Is anyone really naive enough to think that 1700 miles of pipe is never going to
leak? Many sections of that pipe go through swamps, wetlands, farmland, under creeks, canals, rivers and not to mention the Ogalla aguifer. And when
it does, nobody will care as long as it is still pumping filthy bitumen oil so we can save a buck 50 when we fill up our cars. Its really a sad