Keystone XL Pipeline

This is the story of a brilliant plan that has considerable positive and negative impacts.  We have to consider four different points of view: consumers, land owners-neighbors, oil industry, and environmental groups, each has different valid concerns and can realize different consequences.

The oil sands cover an area of 14.5 million hectares in Alberta, Cananda, with the remaining established reserves comprising 169.9 billion barrels of extremely heavy crude oil, referred to as bitumen. Approximately 16 percent of the 169.9 billion barrels is currently under active development. It is projected the reserves will last until 2045. The value of that amount of oil at $100 per barrel is $16.9 trillion. The benefit is clear to the oil industry.

The Keystone oil pipeline system is designed to carry up to 830,000 barrels of petroleum per day from the oil sands of boreal forests in western Canada to oil refineries and ports on the Gulf Coast. About half of the system is already built, including a pipeline that runs east from Alberta and south through North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska.

Landowners are compensated for the pipeline crossing their land, but cannot say no in general.

There are existing pipelines for tar sands crude that has averaged a spill month including spills in seven different states. This oil is different and more corrosive than regular oil and has led to numerous problems as a result.

As consumers we are the least impacted since the majority of the oil will be exported overseas. It is Canadian oil transported to our coast for refining and shipment.

The president has rejected this pipeline plan for now.

What is your stance on this pipeline and why?

Keystone XL Pipeline Map (Washington Post)]


Oil Industry:


Keystone Rejection

Suncor Tar Sands Mining

Keystone Pipeline

Other Tar Sand Pipelines being added



Nebraska, Texas, Michigan

Environmental Impact:


Carbon tracker

[Adapted from M. Pelto]


11 thoughts on “Keystone XL Pipeline

  1. I would not continue to build the pipeline. It seems like even the part already built is giving the environment as well as the people living in the communities problems. If they do continue it, I think they should work with the people’s land that it would be going on because if something were to happen it would be their land that is affected.


  2. A pipeline needs a lot of planning and designed to make a successful pipeline. The part of the pipeline that is built is causing the people who live their trouble and this can lead to people being un happy and dissatisfied with their town and home. If a pipeline is going to be built they need to find an area where families wont be affected and the pipeline would have a smooth process of being built. Sometimes construction and projects can lead to many problems, so the pipeline needs to be built during a reasonable time and does not ruin anything.


  3. I think the pipeline should not be built since it only really benefits the oil industry. The pipeline going through people’s property only brings down the value of the land, even though the land owners are being compensated, the article said they do not have a choice in say. If the pipeline were to break, then the land people live on are affected in a harsh way.
    I think that if they were to extend the pipeline they should do it in a way that would not go through people’s property.


  4. I do not believe the DAPL has a right to the tribe’s native land. Native Americans were some of the first people in this country and their land has constantly been taken and reduced by the government. I believe that the company owners are just money hungry and want the pipeline to be completed just for their benefit. The pipeline wouldn’t even drill oil, but instead transport it to other countries around the world. With today’s drastic climate crisis, the more oil that is burned, the worse our climate gets. I don’t really believe it matters who’s land it is, but the fact that it is a tribe who’s sacred burial is where they want to build the pipeline is disrespectful of their property and their well-being.


  5. I don’t think the pipeline should be built because it is already doing damage and causing issues for surrounding life both human and otherwise, meaning continuing the process will only make matters worse and the harm done by it may not be something that can be fixed. On top of this, there is no reason to essentially invade these native’s land for such reasons. It is something we can live without, the damage caused by it are not something they’ll be able to live with. This certainly isn’t a case where the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.


  6. I don’t think that the pipeline should be continued because it’s putting peoples health as well as their land in harms way. The only benefit from this pipeline is that it puts money in the oil industries hands. Damage from a broken pipeline would impact the lives of the Natives tribal land as well as anyone near and around it especially because the oil is a lot more corrosive than ordinary oil. We should be working towards using cleaner and more renewable energy, building this pipeline is a step in the wrong direction.


  7. I don’t believe that they should build this pipe line. It is causing damage already in the location. Also the natives never said yes for them to go through with building this pipe line. I feel that these guys are greedy for money. They would do any thing they have to, to continue building this pipe line.


  8. I think that the government should not put the pipeline in for a few reasons. First, it is an environmental hazard to do so and people whose homes are nearby won’t appreciate it. Also, the North Dakota Access Pipeline got rejected and that means the Keystone XL pipeline should as well. Another reason is that only the oil industry benefits from this.


  9. I do not believe the pipe line should enter through the tribe’s native land. Native Americans has suffered so many set backs in the last 100 years of the government taking away their land constantly for their own interest. Obviously, the companies ownership is looking for the most efficient and cost effective way of transporting the oil and unfortunately it enters the tribes land. With the current knowledge we have about oil on the environment we should not be exploiting it to this degree by adding another pipeline. As stated I do not believe the pipeline has the right to enter another persons land regardless of who it is. In this particular case it’s the Native Americans, but in the end it does not make it right to take away anyones land from them.


  10. I would not continue to build the pipeline as it has already caused people and the environment a problem. They should not have started laying it down without a proper plan to avoid putting in peoples land. They want the money and will do anything to get it, the people did not get any say in them starting the line and did not approve the plans.


  11. I agree with Ryan Hunter that the pipeline should not be built or entered through the Native land. The pipeline has already been a problem a problem within the environment. The pipeline could Ben built in a different location where it will not effect the native land.


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