MEATS is so much more than converting
an area of boreal forest the size of England into a cankerous and
lifeless open sore bleeding tar. More than decimating some of the
world's last wild forests--home to 35% of Canada's wetlands. More than
attacking Earth's biosphere with a carbon weapon of mass destruction....
How far has corporate depravity driven corporate disregard for life on Earth? MEATS goes the distance with the Keystone XL pipeline.
December 11, 2012... an L.A. Times article
by Molly Hennessy-Fiske revealed that Jack Sinz, Texas County Court-at-Law Judge, lifted his restraining order that delayed a portion of
TransCanada's Keystone XL running through eastern Texas. The restraining
order resulted from landowner Michael Bishop filing suit to halt
pipeline construction on his property because TransCanada fraudulently
promised that Keystone XL would transport "crude oil".
lawyers convinced Judge Sinz that Michael Bishop "... understood what he
was doing when he signed off on an easement agreement with the company
three weeks ago."
TransCanada spokesman Shawn Howard stated:
"TransCanada has been open and transparent with Mr. Bishop at all
times." Then Mr. Howard further illuminates the howler of TransCanada
being open and transparent: "Since Mr. Bishop signed his agreement with
TransCanada, nothing about the pipeline or the product it will carry has
changed. While professional activists and others have made the same
claims Mr. Bishop did today, oil is oil."
Problem is, oil is exactly what Keystone pipeline does not pipe.
bitumen diluted with up to 50% natural gas liquids (condensates) at
1,440 pounds-per-square inch (psi) pressure, and temperature of 160
degrees Fahrenheit--that's what Keystone XL pipes, a wicked brew called "DilBit".
What in Hell is DilBit?
TransCanada's spokesman, Shawn Howard, and his, "... oil is oil". MEATS
and Keystone XL advocates cultivate public misconception of DilBit being
"crude oil". A dangerous ruse spanning pipeline-safety regulations to
pipeline technology and leak detection... back to public awareness.
Pawning off DilBit as crude oil is TransCanada's public-relations Job
Number One--except when it comes to the IRS....
The oil industry
pays an eight-cents-per-barrel tax on crude oil produced in or imported
to the U.S., proceeds earmarked for the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund
that covers clean-up costs for oil spills. Funny thing... in 2011, at the
request of a company whose identity is kept secret, an exemption
was made that frees DilBit from this tax because, as the secret company
made clear: "oil" from Canada's tar sands is so different (chemistry,
behavior, how it's produced) that it should not be considered crude oil.
and federal statutory codes, define crude oil as "liquid hydrocarbons
extracted from the earth at atmospheric temperatures". Simple enough;
DilBit is not crude oil.
Alberta bitumen is strip-mined and
steam-melted from sands and silts; it takes two tons of earth, three
barrels of water, and lots of natural gas to extract one barrel of raw bitumen, which is almost a solid.
currently consumes, per day, enough natural gas to heat 3 million
Canadian homes, and fouls 400 million gallons of water. Wastewater is
pumped into immense tailing ponds
rich in arsenic, cyanide, ammonia, cadmium, lead, mercury, nickel,
zinc... not to mention the biocidal gumbo of hydrocarbons--sixty-five
square miles of tailing ponds, so far.
Downstream from tailing ponds, as in Fort Chipewyan
... spikes of lupus, renal failure, hyperthyroidism... and 100 of the
town's largely indigenous population of 1,200 have died of cancer. Many
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exploitation of Alberta Tar Sands (MEATS)... is it the biggest
environmental crime in history? A new benchmark for sacrifice of public
health to corporate profit?
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