Keystone XL Pipeline--Aye or Nay? Admission Essay

Keystone XL Pipeline--Aye or Nay?
An examination of the controversy surrounding the Keystone XL Pipeline and an argument against this pipeline's implementation.
# 154055 | 2,415 words | 5 sources | 2014 | US

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"The Keystone XL Pipeline is an extension of the TransCanada's existing pipeline that was completed last year. This proposed pipeline would transport 830,000 barrels of crude oil a day along the 1,644 miles long route between the oil sands in Canada to refineries in Port Arthur, Texas. At this point the project has two different segments. The first one is the 1,179 mile northern leg between Hardisty, Alberta and Steele City, Oklahoma, which still requires a presidential permit and is the most controversial (Eilperin). This leg is supposed to cut through six states including Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas (Maestas). The second segment is the 485 mile southern leg known as the Gulf Coast Project between Steele City and Port Arthur, Texas, which is now operating (Eilperin).
"As for anything that has to do with foreign oil and economics, there is always controversy. While a multitude of people favor the production of the pipeline, there are still countless others who are in opposition. The Canadian government, oil companies, and some unions are huge proponents of the pipeline. The Canadian government said it will generate construction jobs and ease the flow of oil using a friendly neighbor instead being dependent on oil from the Middle East. Gulf Coast refineries are also interested in getting the oil from Canada because they have already upgraded their technology to process this type of oil. Along with the Canadian government and oil companies, many politicians and residents in North Dakota and Montana support the pipeline because it would allow them to ship shale oil being extracted from the Bakken Formation in their states to the refineries down in Texas. America as a whole supports the pipeline. A Pew Research Center poll released last spring found 66 percent of Americans back the project, as opposed to 23 percent who oppose it. A Washington Post poll in June found similar results, with 59 percent in favor and 18 percent against. Just 34 percent said the pipeline would do significant harm to the environment, while 83 percent believed it would create a significant amount of jobs (Eilperin)."

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