1) All stakeholders in the Keystone Pipeline are lying to the public. There are THREE sucking chest wounds in the Keystone Pipeline proposal: a) Canada cannot afford to use clean water it is running out of, to flush tar sands no one needs; and the USA does not need any more oil. b) The pipeline will NOT create jobs and it will be a curse to every community anywhere near it, externalizing costs to everyone along the way. c) The legacy refineries are lying in order to get the public to pay the cost of delivering very dirty crude that they will refine for EXPORT.
2) Technology does NOT work as claimed.
3) Human intelligence rules again. What is LACKING is integrity at all points of the compass.
InsideClimate News analysis of a decade of federal data shows general public detected far more spills than leak detection technology.
Between 2002 and July 2012, remote sensors detected only 5 percent of the nation’s pipeline spills, according to data from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).
The general public reported 22 percent of the spills during that period. Pipeline company employees at the scenes of accidents reported 62 percent.
Anthony Swift, an attorney who has spent years researching pipeline safety for the Natural Resources Defense Council, was taken aback by the findings. Swift’s organization opposes the Keystone XL, and he said he had always known that leak detection systems didn’t catch most of the spills. But “the fact that 19 out of 20 leaks aren’t caught is surprising, and certainly runs counter to a lot of rhetoric we hear from the industry,” he said.