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OIL: Proposed pipeline poses too much danger

Letter by Petrina L. Walker, Shelton on Jan. 6, 2012 at 9:11 am with 22 Comments »
January 6, 2012 11:01 am

Re: “Build pipeline and create jobs” (TNT, 1-4).

The reprinted Milwaukee Journal editorial neglected to mention that Paul Elliott, TransCanada’s chief lobbyist in D.C., was Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s former campaign national deputy director.

And since when can a foreign country send threatening letters about eminent domain to American ranchers to scare them to sell their right-of-way easement rights?

Was it mentioned that the KXL oil will be sold on global markets? Did it relate that the Ogallala aquifier is the largest underground water reservoir on earth, supplying drinking water and irrigation to eight states?

Are we prepared to poison 30 percent of our continent’s birds, 200-plus species from four flyways?

Also, the Environmental Protection Agency notes that 3 million gallons of toxic waste from tar sands and strip mining leak daily into our environment.

It’s time to stop corporate greed and government corruption. Forget the few jobs that will be created. An entire ecosystem is at stake; once it’s gone, it is gone forever.

Leave a comment Comments → 22
  1. ItalianSpring says:

    Drill here, drill now, drill often, and drill baby drill.

  2. BlaineCGarver says:

    You have no facts to back up any of that, Petrina (Hmmm..Russian name…figgers)

  3. oh geeez…….”russian name”.

    McCarthy is alive and well.

  4. concernedtacoma7 says:

    How will the govt afford the subsidies on the ‘green’ projects if we allow a minority of alarmists stall the economy.

    It is nice that she does not care about the economy, but most of America does.

  5. oldman4 says:

    This pipeline must not be allowed to happen. The repercussions will be 1 disaster are another. Just like the Alaskan pipe the oil spills will cause millions of animals to dye and polution of billions of acres of land. We will have to find thousands of men and women to build it which will cause these people much pain at tax time. The sky is falling, the sky is falling. Thanks Chicken Little for warning us

  6. Publico says:

    I would be disappointed and somewhat amazed if President Obama approves the pipeline. I am already amazed that Canadians are allowing the mining to continue knowing the damage to the environment we all share.

  7. beerBoy says:

    All analyses of the pipeline project demonstrate that the jobs created would be minimal, temporary and mostly give to foreigners.

  8. Just love those conservatives!

    Who cares about the stinkin’ eco-system, clean drinking water, toxic waste, clean air, and climate change? So what about a bunch of stupid animals changing colors?

    Add those problems on to the bloated national debt and let the grand kids deal with them. We’ll only be here a few more years so get what you can while the gettin’s good. Besides, the rapture’s a comin’.

    Party on!!!

  9. concernedtacoma7 says:

    The Canadians are going to drill this oil whether we participate or not. No pipeline, and China/Canada win (oh, and Buffett’s railroads). Pipeline and the US/Canada win. The US taxpayer wins (revenues), the average citizen wins (additional oil independance from the ME).

    There are pipelines running all over this country (and the area we are talking about). They are very safe. I would happily put on in my backyard (they pay a lot of money to land owners).

  10. BlaineCGarver says:

    So, Komrad, you agree with Petrina? Da? Gawd, I love the tender little buttons of the leftwing PC crowd.

  11. Publico says:

    So you think mining tar sands for their oil and building a pipeline is the answer? http://news.yahoo.com/2011-driest-record-texas-000507710.html
    Maybe Texicans will finally figure it out now.

  12. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Pub, what are you getting at???

  13. Publico says:

    Are the costs and risks of exploiting Canadian tar sands worth the costs and risks of greater climate change brought on by continued global warming due to greenhouse gas accumulation?

  14. blakeshouse says:

    OMG lets add to the list of terrible things to happen. Everyone who advocates FOR the pipeline will end up with terminal prostate cancer, those who stand by with no opinion will contract incurable acne. Those radicals who think that any energy, other than “green” shall all be exalted. Believe me there is more evidence for my assertions have more basis in fact than anything put forth by these socialist/neo marxist watermelons!!!!

  15. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Pub ignored the question. He was obviously trying to show some connection with the debate on a pipeline from Canada to a drought in Tx.

    Even the UN has given up on ‘global warming’. You cite one drought. Educate yourself on the latest talking points before you spew propoganda.

    Exploiting? Exploiting who/what?

    Risks? Low. Safe practices (drilling and pipelines). We need energy and commerce. Less oil from the ME.

  16. Publico says:

    concerned, the fact that you cannot find a “possible” connection between the problem in Texas and continued oil consumption (which requires its production) is indicative of your lack of understanding of what global warming and the resultant climate change is all about.
    You say the risks are low. I say they are high based on research data I have seen in the recent past. I know that makes no difference to you.
    Lets begin with the energy it takes to get the oil out of the tar sands and the CO2 involved in that process. Oh wait, you don’t believe CO2 is a problem so I guess we need to begin there. You go first and tell us all how wrong NOAA is. But you should read some of what is here first: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/globalwarming.html

  17. concernedtacoma7 says:

    OK, so you are saying, as a mattter of fact, that the drought in Tx was caused by oil production? Yes or no?

    Oil is part of our modern society. It creates jobs and powers industry and commerce. There are NO cost effective alternatives.

    Even your link states “remain unresolved”. IPCC has been exposed as a scam, using selective data to push a political agenda.

    And any oil production by a western nation will be many times ‘greener’ than farming production to the ME, South America, or Africa. And the security of Canadian vs hostile regime oil cannot be ignored.

    By keep your head in sand.

  18. took14theteam says:

    Concerned, publico is just another muckibr. Thread police and whatever they post is the gospel truth and if you don’t agree with them, then you are wrong. Typical tree huggin’ liberal.

  19. Publico says:

    “IPCC has been exposed as a scam, using selective data to push a political agenda.”
    Can you offer proof of that statement concerned?
    I said possible connection. A single event is difficult to attribute to a global phenomenon exactly when it happens. Time will tell and the possibility is greater than not that it will be the result of warming. The problem lies with waiting for a definitive answer because the tipping point may be past.
    And it is not a matter of agreeing as much as it is reading something from deniers that has science behind it and is accepted by the larger scientific community. Neither you or took has been able to do that.

  20. concernedtacoma7 says:

    You are asking the public to limit their freedoms, spen trillions on green projects, based on theory.

    If you have not heard of climate-gate then you need to catch up.

    The earth has cooled over the last decade (fact), hence the change in rhetoric.

  21. stumpy567 says:

    Petrina, Quick, get up from your chair and go out the door and hug the nearest tree! I sure hope you don’t have oil heat there in Shelton.
    The oil delivery truck might, someday, flip over and create an ecological disaster.

    “Was it mentioned that the KXL oil will be sold on global markets? Did it relate that the Ogallala aquifier is the largest underground water reservoir on earth, supplying drinking water and irrigation to eight states”

    What does this have to do with a pipeline……
    Who cares where the oil goes? We sell oil to other countries.
    The water is DEEP underground.
    Oh, and by the way don’t you ever even think about farting
    That creates methane, dangerous greenhouse gasses.

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