Keystone XL Pipeline Leads To An American Cancer Corridor

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Updated on August 8, 2017 Patty Inglish morePatty uses her MS in Preventive Medicine/Health Psych. and TKM as a contractor in research/treatment for public jq(‘#hide_route_40118813’).show(); jq(‘#route_options_40118813’).show(); showRouteAndDirections(40118813); return false;” id=”show_route_40118813″>show route and directionshide route and directionsShow driving directionswalking directionsbicycling directions with distances in mileskilometers

Hardisty, Alberta, Canada. – 51 Ave, Hardisty, AB T0B 1V0, Canada get directionsAlberta is home to oil tar sands proven to cause cancer among workers and nearby residents. A Cancer Corridor of Hospitals operates over a great reach

Steele City, Nebraska – Steele City, NE, USA get directions

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Over 200,000 acres of tribal lands were lost without permission in flooding on the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Reservations when the Army Corps of Engineers built the Oahe Dam. Poverty remains a problem for displaced Native Americans in the Dakotas, who need compensation for the loss of their flooded towns.

Area of Work Stoppage on the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline
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Lake Oahe – Lake Oahe, United States get directionsLake Oahe is a reservoir of Oahe Dam on the Missouri River. It originates in South Dakota and continues into North Dakota to cover 370,000 acres.

Oahe Dam – Oahe Dam, Fort Pierre, SD 57532, USA get directions

Cheyenne River Reservation SD – Cheyenne River Reservation, North Dewey, SD, USA get directions

Standing Rock Sioux Reservation – Standing Rock Reservation, Central Corson, SD, USA get directions

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AP; Tampa Bay Times; 9/10/2016 The XL Pipeline Fulfills the Black Snake Prophecy
Among the different bands of Sioux Nation in Western North America from Canada to the American Great Plains, an ancient Black Snake Prophecy is known. The prophecy states that a black snake will move underground and destroy Earth (Reference: The US National Pow Wow, 1969 – 2016).

A number of Sioux and other Native North Americans have linked the prophecy with the controversial tar sands transport planned for the Keystone XL pipeline connection in Western USA when completed.

Sources:

“Black snakes on the move: US pipeline building out of control”; TR Ezell – Green Left Weekly, 2017.

“Standing up for Standing Rock: Environmental Racism in Modern America”; L LeBleu – 2017 (digitalcommons.pepperdine.edu).

People living downwind and downstream from tar sand refineries have experienced significantly elevated levels of cancer.

Dr. Yinqun Chen, Canada Pipeline Between Hardisty and Steele City Already Exists
The Black Snake
The Keystone XL Pipeline has been branded the Black Snake, because of the sludgy, toxic, and corrosive bituminous contents it will carry if it is completed.

The tar sands to be transported in the pipe can be hazardous to human, animal, and plant health and the environment overall. However, a 2014 federal report stated that the proposed Keystone XL northern leg from Montana through Nebraska would not harm the environment. Still, the contents will harm people, things, and places once it corrodes through the pipeline.

Bitumen and its thick tar sands are highly corrosive, especially since chemicals are added to make it flow through the pipes – chemicals that do not come under US jurisdiction..

Some disagree with the government report, likening it to a 1980s study on sugar with results showing little or no harm from sugar to humans. The study was paid for by the Sugar Council.

In Port Arthur, Texas, where major oil refineries are located and where the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would end, cancer rates are 15% higher and mortality rates are 40% higher than average.

Chris Tackett, journalist. October 29, 2013 Cities Along the Intended Northern Leg of the Keystone XL Pipeline for Corrosive Tar Sands
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Hardisty Alberta, in the Cancer Corridor – Hardisty, AB, Canada get directions

Phillips, Montana – Phillips, MT, USA get directions

Fallon, Montana – Fallon, MT, USA get directions

Baker, Montana – Baker, MT 59313, USA get directions

Harding, South Dakota – Harding, SD, USA get directions

Murdo, South Dakota – Murdo, SD 57559, USA get directions

Colome, South Dakota – Colome, SD 57528, USA get directions

Steele City, Nebraska – Steele City, NE, USA get directionsMajor connection point for proposed Keystone XL northern leg.

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TransCanada.com:

The Keystone XL Pipeline proposes 1,400+ miles of 36-inch-diameter crude oil pipeline. It will begin in Hardisty, Alberta and extend south to Steele City, Nebraska. This pipeline is a critical infrastructure project for the energy security of the United States and for strengthening the American economy.

Cancer In the Polluted Wind Of the Pipes
A study released in the autumn of 2013 found that air pollution directly resulting from Alberta Province’s giant tar sands operations affects residents downwind. These residents are placed risk with unsafe levels of carcinogenic and otherwise toxic chemicals in the air. Damage besides cancer can be found in the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system of residents downwind.

Reference: Isobel J. Simpson, et.al. Air quality in the Industrial Heartland of Alberta, Canada and potential impacts on human health. Atmospheric Environment; Volume 81, December 2013, Pages 702-709.

Corroboration of Cancer Findings
People living downwind and downstream from tar sand refineries have experienced significantly elevated levels of cancer, with ongoing follow-up studies and monitoring in progress.

Reference: Dr. Yiqun Chen. Cancer Incidence in Fort Chipewyan, Alberta 1995-2006. February 2009.

Dr. Tony Fields, VP of Cancer Corridor health related services in Alberta stated that “39 cancers found in 47 people” (83% where each has one cancer) is not higher than average. That is difficult to believe.

Native American Nations’ Objections
Lakota Nation of South Dakota
The Lakota Nation of South Dakota seceded from the Untied States and blocked the Keystone XL Pipeline in 2013 and 2014, preventing the northern leg of the pipeline from construction.

The governor of that state had allowed Canadian construction materials trucks to cross South Dakota and reservation lands without the standard fees paid to the state and without the permission of the Lakota Nation. Some natives were arrested, but the physical blockade continued.

Around Valentine’s Day 2014, Members of Native American Nations in eastern South Dakota held a conference to plan further opposition to the pipeline completion. Adding to the blockade and future plans is the Nebraska state governor’s right to prevent the pipeline from construction across his state – a right that courts have upheld.

First Nations of British Columbia — Nine Pacific Northwest Coastal First Nations in BC declared a ban on oil tankers throughout their traditional territories. Reference: The Facts… http://forestethics.org/canada-tar-sands-facts. Retrieved February 20, 2014.

Lakota Nation Lies In the Path Of The Keystone XL
Keystone XL CEOs Might Be Prosecuted In the Future
CEOs whose businesses are complicit in human rights atrocities — like the mass murder of people who object to land-grabs by mineral extraction companies — can now be tried in the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

— Global Witness-Guardian and Telesur at telesurtv.net

NOTE: The USA is not a member of the International Criminal Court and not under its jurisdiction at this time.

Cowboys and Indians Protest in Washington DC

Meet the ‘Keystone Killer’: How cowboys and Indians could join to defeat oil pipeline | Power Player
An alliance of cowboys margin:0px !important;” /> Proverb: Having Texas Cake and Eating It Too
Concurrently, some Texas residents and some politicians say that they want the Keystone northern leg completed, but that they also want to secede from the Union.

The second sentiment appears in numerous headlines that many of us have seen several times from 2009 to date, during the Obama Years.

These forsakers of the Union would not be able to use the federally funded pipeline (unless the USA charges a cripplingly high fee, probably), but they may feel entitled to use it, since it is on Texas land. Texas cannot reasonably expect both secession and the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Texas is growing in the Aerospace Industry, Transportation (including Oil jq(‘#hide_route_25589583’).show(); jq(‘#route_options_25589583’).show(); showRouteAndDirections(25589583); return false;” id=”show_route_25589583″>show route and directionshide route and directionsShow driving directionswalking directionsbicycling directions with distances in mileskilometers

Fort Chipewyan, Alberta – Fort Chipewyan, AB T0P, Canada get directions

Grand Prairie, Alberta – Grande Prairie, Alberta get directionsCancer treatment center.

Red Deer, Alberta – Red Deer, AB, Canada get directionsCancer treatment center.

Lethbridge, Alberta – Lethbridge, AB, Canada get directionsCancer treatment center.

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People living downwind and downstream of these refineries are exposed to benzene, toluene, sulfur dioxide, and heavy metals (at least mercury and lead). All are toxic and sulfur dioxide can readily result in cardiovascular problems.

In February 2014, Alberta Health Services listed 6,800 job openings in the Province of Alberta, over 2,450 of these jobs related to cancer treatment and prevention. A portion of these are in the Cancer Corridor, which is more about treatment in the 2010s than the spread of cancer, but Alberta cancers seem to be often tar-sands-refinery related.

The natural gas used to refine tar sands could heat three million homes a day. The water required is three million barrels a day among Canadian tar sands refineries. Many critics see these figures as a waste of resources. Refining tar sands leaves growing toxic lakes at the end of production, these lakes growing by 1.8 liters (475,510 gallons) every day. A way of neutralizing or eliminating them is needed.

Reference: Forest Ethics. The Facts – Canada’s tar sands are the newest – and dirtiest frontier of oil production. http://forestethics.org/canada-tar-sands-facts Retrieved February 21, 2014.

In the USA, the primary tar sands refineries would be located at the Gulf of Mexico in Texas. Toxic chemical byproducts would present an enormous disposal problem and health risk.

NOTE: A resident of Galveston near the refineries complained to me many times that drilling and refining should continue to grow as much as possible in Texas and elsewhere, because the Oil jq(‘#hide_route_25599679’).show(); jq(‘#route_options_25599679’).show(); showRouteAndDirections(25599679); return false;” id=”show_route_25599679″>show route and directionshide route and directionsShow driving directionswalking directionsbicycling directions with distances in mileskilometers

Peace River, Canada – Peace River, AB T0H, Canada get directionsFamilies began showing severe symptoms of poisoning and tumors from oil tar sands.

Grand Prairie, Alberta – Grande Prairie, AB, Canada get directionsLocation of a major new cancer treatment center, resulting from oil tar sand cancers.

Hardisty, Alberta – Hardisty, AB, Canada get directionsStart of north leg of Keystone XL Pipeline (in the Cancer Corridor). Edmonton ” onmouseout=”unhighlightMapMarker(event, 25599679, 3);”>Edmonton, Alberta – Edmonton, AB, Canada get directionsCancer Treatment Center

Red Deer, Alberta – Red Deer, AB, Canada get directionsMajor New Cancer Treatment Center

Calgary, Alberta – Calgary, AB, Canada get directionsCancer Treatment Center

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Houston, Texas – Houston, TX, USA get directions

Port Arthur, Texas – Port Arthur, TX, USA get directions

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sendingAuthorPatty Inglish 3 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

Thanks very much!

Nice job. I learned a lot from your work and will get back to following you as before. Thank you.

From the Guardian, US Edition: Senate rejects the Keystone XL pipeline bill

41 ‘no votes in the senate means the bill will not pass.

6:20 PM 11/18/14

But the issue may resurrect with a Republican-majority senate in 2015 , so a veto today may, in effect, be only a delay.

mike king 3 years ago from california

Not so fast. The president has no further need to try to please

his persistent detractors. He may simply say nothing and let his pocket veto do the talking. At one time civility haunted the corror-

dors of congress and things got argued over compromised on and passed. Now most everyone just whines.

I agree. The tribe is set to close its borders, effectively closing the roads.

Bill 3 years ago from western pennsylvania

If it goes thru tribal lands and they don’t want it then it should not be built there. It should be their choice.

Interesting! —

The president of a South Dakota-based Rosebud Sioux native American tribe says it will be an “act of war” if Congress authorizes construction of the #Keystone XL pipeline. “We are outraged by the lack of intergovernmental cooperation.”

I hear that at least two tribes or nations in South Dakota will renew blocking efforts of the related roadways to stop the pipeline; you may be correct about that war.

R Beggs 3 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

It must be stopped. Pray this does not go through, if it does there will be war with the Native Americans…it must stop now.

The US senate will vote on the Keystone bill on the evening of Tuesday November 18, 2014. If the bill passes and is not vetoed, then TransCanada Corp’s pipeline will transport 800,000+ barrels per day of cancer causing, corrosive tar sands.

That’s a good idea. I still wonder why Texas wants to tar sands when they have plenty of other oil resources.

Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

Thank you for brining this issue to awareness. I can understand the concern with this pipeline construction. I hope they find a way to complete it without causing harm to people and the environment.

Ronald E Franklin 3 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

I just heard a National Public Radio story about former U.S. Geological Survey director Marcia McNutt endorsing the Keystone XL pipeline after having formerly opposed it. She says she changed her mind because it’s become clear that killing the pipeline won’t stop exploitation of the Canadian tar sands. Transport will simply shift to trucks and trains, which are not only more expensive but environmentally much more dangerous. I think she’s probably right about that. So, maybe the focus should be not on stopping the pipeline but on using the controversy as an opportunity to require the most stringent safety measures possible.

AuthorPatty Inglish 3 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

To what exact use do our gasoline taxes go, I wonder. In Ohio, they tell us it goes to road repair and construction, but right now, my city has so many potholes that one can hardly drive down any street. Our Pothole Reporting website and phone number are jammed full. Suburbs are fixing their potholes more quickly. I think there is a city tax as well as fed and state on gasoline.

Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Very interesting. I guess it is just cost but everything I just read should be able to be dealt with appropriately. At a bare minimum we Californians pay over a dollar per gallon in taxes. Why doesn’t that money provide solutions to the pollutions?

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