If you think defeating the Keystone XL pipeline will be the end of tar sands pipelines cutting through the heart of the United States, clearly you haven't been doing enough depressing reading like me.
While Keystone has hit some speed bumps lately, I wouldn't be at all surprised if it won approval from the Obama administration and their pals.
Regardless of whether or not Keystone XL is approved, there are loads of pipeline plans in the hopper. There is one under way that delivers just slightly less dirty Alberta sludge than Keystone, and since much of this "new" pipeline relies on repurposed natural gas pipe, there are fewer regulatory hurdles.
You may notice a "megaloads" sign in the cartoon (towards the end) and be left scratching your head. In certain parts of the United States and Canada, oil companies are shipping massive equipment destined for the tar sands through towns and along roads that are not meant for huge industrial machinery. These loads can be in the range of 25-feet wide or more, 250-feet long and 30-feet tall.
Oil companies are moving these massive loads along officially designated "Wild and Scenic Rivers" in Idaho (near where parts of my family homesteaded around 1900). While Exxon, Conoco and others attempt to establish industrial corridors through beautiful scenic territory far from any pipeline route, resistance is growing among the locals.
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