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Keystone's Environmental Impact Unknown

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  Oil production in North Dakota is nearing a million barrels a day.
  Producers now face the problem of moving it.
  Senator John Hoeven says that's why the Keystone pipeline needs to be build as soon as possible.
  Environmentalist would rather it was never built at all.
  Ben Smith reports

"We believe that Canada, United States, and Mexico can together have Energy security, and energy independence." says Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer

This may be more than just a pipedream, in fact Senator Hoeven believes we are close to constructing the Keystone XL pipeline.

"If you go down by Gascoyne ND, there's millions and millions of dollars of pipelines stacked there." says Senator John Hoeven

Pipelines that, according to a Washington study, 2/3rds of Americans want.

"Transport of the petroleum out of the Bakken is much more secure in a pipeline" - says Stuart Libby, a Bismarck resident

But the pipeline is not without risk.  According to Wayde Schafer, the Keystone could threaten other resources, such as clean drinking water.

"The Sand Hills Nebraska is a good example.  that crosses the Ogallala aquifer" says Wayde Schafer, Conservation organizer

Schafer also says that instead of Bakken crude.  The Keystone would mostly transport tar-sands oil from Canada.

"Unfortunately it's one of the dirtiest energy sources we can have when we look at the world picture and in urban transport, they have to have heating stations along the pipeline and that uses energy.  So the net gain for energy really doesn't outweigh the CO2 impacts that we have."

Ben Smith KXNews

Senator Hoeven hopes a final decision will be made by November of this year.


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