I’m not the only one who’s suspicious of Big Oil. In response to concerns that TransCanada’s substandard steel may have leaked oil in Nebraska as its shoddy welding did in South Dakota, Bold Nebraska is giving landowners along the Keystone pipeline route jars for collecting soil and water samples.
The sense of unease… stems from what they see as a lack of oversight and lack of information as TransCanada Corp. digs up and replaces sections of its Keystone pipeline.
“I’d kind of be an idiot not to be concerned,” said Russ Gubbels, who was one of about 25 people who attended a meeting organized by Bold Nebraska and held at the Red Road Herbs Retreat & Learning Center near Stanton [Nicholas Bergin, “TransCanada Replacing Parts of Keystone Pipeline; Bold Nebraska Cautions Landowners,” Lincoln Journal Star, 2016.07.20].
Citizens might fret less if TransCanada and the government would just be open with their information:
“Our fear is slow leaks have been happening and they know that and that is why they have been doing these replacements … We feel there should be some level of accountability of TransCanada,” said [Bold Nebraska leader Jane] Kleeb, one of the foremost grassroots organizers who opposed TransCanada’s failed Keystone XL, the final phase of its Keystone pipeline network.
…PHMSA has had inspectors at Keystone excavation sites, Pickett said, but their reports are not made public. Kleeb said Bold Nebraska plans to file Freedom of Information Act requests demanding those reports [Bergin, 2016.07.20].
The Republican Party’s new platform says that the abandoned Keystone XL pipeline proposal “has become a symbol of everything wrong with the current Administration’s ideological approach” [pp. 19–20]. Yet the existing Keystone pipeline that runs under eastern South Dakota and Nebraska symbolizes everything that is wrong with the Republican ideological approach that puts Big Oil profits over landowner rights and environmental protection.