In recent years the Ogallala has been shrinking because of heavier water use than rate of replenishment. Good luck diluting out any large spill, and the more South a farmer using aquifer waters is, the more he or she depends on it just as the aquifer has less to offer for use or self protection.
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Though much of this land may be in corn or cattle pasture at this time, some farmers using Ogallala water have gone into organic farming. It would be a great help to our nation to have billions of bushels of veggies and fruits as well as the organic grass fed beef already coming out of the high plains. If the Ogallala is polluted that scenario is not going to materialize.
And if you live in the region, I feel badly for your family. Just like with the area around Fukushima, many of the powers that be want this to go through will promise you that everything will be okay. And it is, until it's not. Then it's disaster.
Read important reports below:
Trans Canada is spending big time bribing House members to get their oil pipeline installed across our nation's heartland.
One video report notes that the original Keystone pipeline has already had 12 spills.
Also, another report says: Pipeline Inspector-Turned Whistleblower Calls Keystone XL a Potential Disaster
Another important report to read: Keystone XL Primer: Why Nebraska Is Ground Zero in the Pipeline Fight
Quick Take away (but it's best to read the entire report):
The Keystone XL would be the first oil pipeline to run through the Nebraska sandhills, a fragile area with few pipelines of any kind...
A report from February by the NRDC, Pipeline Safety Trust, Sierra Club and National Wildlife Foundation says diluted bitumen is more acidic and corrosive than conventional crude. It requires operators to run the pipeline at higher pressures, Swift said, leading to more friction inside the pipeline and creating extra heat that can further decrease pipeline safety.
Previous reports on our blog:
Proof that #Keystone XL Pipeline will Take #TarSands oil To Make Gasoline for World Market (Asia)
Canadian Filings Show TransCanada is Lying to Americans About Jobs the Keystone XL Pipeline Would Create