Lawrence Dunbar, a Houston-based hydrologist, released a groundbreaking report on
Wednesday that underlines the dangers of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline to East
Texas’ water supplies. The report details the threat to the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer, which
provides drinking and irrigation water for 10-12 million Texans, due to the high likelihood
of a leak from the corrosive tar sands and the nearly impossible clean-up of the heavier
than water substance.
The STOP (Stop Tar sands Oil Pipelines) group hopes the report will encourage
regional water planning groups, groundwater conservation districts, elected officials,
and anyone concerned about East Texas’ water supply to get involved in stopping the
Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
The report reveals brand new information that Keystone XL’s current route crosses
directly over an active fault zone in Rusk County, at the same point where it crosses part
of the Carrizo-Wilcox’s outcrop, an area more susceptible to contamination. “...the
routing of this pipeline is directly across numerous faults in southwestern Rusk County...
fault activity in the Mount Enterprise Fault Zone raises serious questions about the
potential for an increased risk of failure of the proposed pipeline... through this fault
zone area in the immediate vicinity of the outcrop area of the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer.”
Mr. Dunbar joins STOP and hordes of East Texans in opposing the proposed Keystone
XL pipeline project, saying “ ...a release of this tar sands crude oil into the water
resources in the area could have disastrous results. And with this crude oil being
heavier than water, the cleaning up of such an oil spill and removal of the contamination
from the water resources in the area would be extremely difficult. ”
The Keystone XL pipeline is a proposed project of foreign company TransCanada that
would carry tar sands oil from Canada, through America’s heartland, to the Texas Gulf
Coast. In Texas, the pipeline would cross through Fannin, Lamar, Delta, Hopkins,
Franklin, Wood, Upshur, Smith, Cherokee, Rusk, Nacogdoches, Angelina, Polk, Liberty,
Harris, Hardin, and Jefferson counties.
The STOP group has been active in educating citizens and elected officials about
foreign company TransCanada’s egregious use of eminent domain as well as the
important differences of the diluted bitumen, or tar sands, substance, which would flow
through Keystone XL, and why East Texas’ water is at risk.
Download Hydrology Report PDF