The largest oil spill South Dakota history took place on Thursday. 210,000 gallons or 5000 barrels of oil spilled at a site of the Keystone XL pipeline in Amherst. According to Fox Business, TransCanada, who operates the pipeline, states that it occurred due to a pressure drop in their operating system. Fortunately, the spill was isolated within 15 minutes.
It just so happens that a Nebraska Public Service Commission vote on whether to extend a permit to TransCanada to construct an extension of the pipeline through the state is scheduled to take place this coming Wednesday. A spokesperson for the agency said that the oil spill will have no impact on the commission’s vote as it has to take into account testimony and documents about the project.
President Donald Trump reversed Barack Obama’s decision not to allow the construction of the pipeline, but environmentalists have been steadfast in their opposition to it including conducting acts of violence. Not surprisingly., environmentalists are piggy-backing on the incident. Greenpeace USA spokesperson Travis Nichols told Fox Business:
This latest Keystone spill makes crystal clear that the Nebraska Public Service Commission should not approve another risky pipeline that threatens communities, drinking water and the climate. We’re all too familiar now with the unfortunate truth that oil spills are not uncommon.
The three companies proposing to build tar sands pipelines — TransCanada, Kinder Morgan and Enbridge — have seen an average of one spill per week since 2010. The Keystone XL pipeline could expect 59 significant spills over a 50-year lifetime. That’s unacceptable. It’s time for America to move on from dirty fossil fuels and embrace the clean energy future.
Environmentalists claim that increased use of pipelines will encourage demand for fossil fuels which, in turn, contributes to man-made climate change. In reality, if pipelines are not an option, transportation of oil is conducted by ship, truck, or train (land or sea). These modes of transportation not only result in more carbon emissions but also increase the likelihood of accidents.
In anticipation of accidents or more carbon emissions resulting from transportation by truck, train or ship, environmentalists then seek more controls that make transportation by land or sea more difficult. Stricter rules on oil transportation restricts not only the flow of fossil fuels but ratchets up the price of gasoline in an attempt to discourage their use.
Environmentalists are not concerned about the natural environment or even climate changer. What they ultimately want is political control over us and our way of life. Organizations, like Greenpeace, oppose the usage of fossil fuels because are anti-progress and anti-civilization.