The environmental group the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) recently released a startling animated map showing all "significant" spills from oil, gas, and chemical pipelines in the last 27 years.
The group is hoping to put pressure on President Obama and several Democratic senators: Bill Nelson, Florida; Michael Bennet of Colorado; and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.
Obama has questioned the GOP’s rhetoric that the Keystone XL pipeline will be a massive jobs creator, but since reelection he has taken no hard line against the construction.
The Keystone XL, owned by Koch Industries, would carry tar sands oil from Canada down to the Gulf Coast.
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The animated map shows about 8,000 spills labeled “significant” by the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Volatile substances spilled includes natural gas, oil, diesel fuel, gasoline, fuel oil and anhydrous ammonia.
The CBD says the incidents since 1986 created nearly $7 billion in damages and killed more than 500 people. The map shows 3 million gallons spilled and 2,300 people injured.
“The numbers add up to 76,000 barrels per year, nearly 300 incidents per year,” said Noah Greenwald, director of CBD’s endangered species program.
The nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog reported in July that the Keystone XL will increase the price of gas in the U.S., especially in the Midwest.
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“For so many different reasons, we need to be moving away from fossil fuels. There’s really no safe and clean way to deal with them,” said Greenwald.
CBD has gone after the Interior Department and the Environmental Protection Agency over violations of the Endangered Species Act in the past.
Yellow dots on the video are injuries, red dots are deaths, black dots are spills (mostly oil) and blue dots are natural gas.