Preview of Keystone XL Pipeline? – Huge oil spill

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Could the huge oil spill today into the Yellowstone River be a red flag for the Keystone XL Pipeline? We continue to be told that everything from pipelines to offshore drilling to fracking is safe and sound.

Then we read over and over again about spills and health risks, while the same folks who claimed the operations are safe look around the room and whistle and turn away as if it’s no big deal.

CNN reports the pipeline in Montana burst, sending up to 50,400 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River and prompting the state’s Governor to declare a state of emergency. Nearby residents are being told to use bottled water for drinking and cooking.

The article also notes that in 2011, a ruptured Exxon Mobil pipeline poured 42,000 gallons of oil into this same river.

But for the deniers, it’s okay. For them, spoiling the drinking water for people and the suffering of wildlife is small price to pay for adding to the back accounts of Big Oil CEOs.

Spill after spill after spill – and we’re supposed to forget it. We’re supposed to blindly turn away and ignore the degradation of the environment, all in the name of corporate profit. For too many, the future for our kids doesn’t matter and the animals don’t matter and our health and welfare just doesn’t matter. It’s all about profit.

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