Texas Hydrologist’s Report Highlights Dangers of Keystone XL to Water Supplies
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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
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Tara Taylor
January 29, 2013
'Was not aware of this. Hmmm, true? Or radical environmentalists?

If this is true, then you've changed my mind, and I'd be against it. Otherwise, it's good for the country, creating 84.5K jobs, plus, the United States would be oil independent.