“The Keystone pipeline’s spill of 383,000 gallons of oil into North Dakota was predictable, environmental group Greenpeace said in a statement depicting the transport of fossil fuels as a risky venture.
The spill, which led the pipeline to shut down on Tuesday, occurred in the state’s northeastern Walsh County. The pipeline, which is slated for a contentious expansion across the U.S., has a history of spills and in 2017 leaked 407,000 gallons into South Dakota.
“I wish I could say I was shocked, but a major spill from the Keystone pipeline is exactly what multiple experts predicted would happen. In fact, this is the fourth significant spill from the Keystone pipeline in less than 10 years of operation,” Greenpeace USA Senior Research Specialist Tim Donaghy said in a statement about the spill.
“History has shown us time and again that there is no safe way to transport fossil fuels, and pipelines are no exception. In the last 10 years, U.S. pipeline spills have led to 20 fatalities, 35 injuries, $2.6 billion in costs and more than 34 million gallons spilled. New pipelines are locking us into carbon emissions that will push our climate past safe limits. That is not the future I want for my children.”
The pipeline was, of course, built directly on top of the Ogallala Aquifer…
…a large body of fresh water that supplies drinking water for 82% of the people in the high plains, and which is already under stress and has been depleted by 9% by use for irrigation.
Once used up or despoiled it will take 6,000 years to refill through naturally rainfall.
— Greenpeace (@Greenpeace) October 31, 2019