What is the Keystone XL Pipeline

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As far as environmental issues go, the Keystone XL Pipeline is a huge issue in the United States.

What is the Keystone XL Pipeline?

The Keystone XL pipeline proposes to transport oil from Alberta in Canada to refineries in the United States. In 2014, the Keystone XL pipeline was approved to be developed by TransCanada Corporation, which has constructed a number of pipelines between Canada and the United States.

In support of the climate change argument, in November 2015, President Barack Obama announced his administration would not be granting permits for the construction of this pipeline.

However, one of the first things President Trump did was to sign an executive order clearing the way for the pipeline project. The reasoning behind this was the belief that construction of this pipeline will create jobs and boost the economy.

Who is affected by the Keystone XL Pipeline?

Bitumen and synthetic crude oil is transported from Alberta to refineries in Texas, Illinois, and Oklahoma through these states:
Montana
South Dakota
Nebraska
Kansas
Oklahoma

It’s a project that taps into Canada’s huge reserves of oil locked in oil sands.

This oil in Canada is heavy oil that requires a refining process which releases particulate matter, soot and other chemicals (such as sulfides, hydrogen cyanide, and sulfur) that is damagint to the environment.

The negative
The bitumen the pipeline will carry to the United States will likely result in higher greenhouse gas emissions and activists are vehemently opposed.

The positive
The pipeline people say that it will increase the supply of oil to the United States.

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