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RECLAMATION: TransCanada is committed to minimizing its environmental impact along the proposed route. The two photos above show the minimal impact of pipeline construction (left) and the successful reclamation of the same strip of land to its original productive condition.
Pipelines are the safest and most efficient method of moving fossil fuels, and TransCanada has one of the best safety records in the industry. There are more than 2.6 million miles of oil and natural gas pipelines in the United States that deliver 99.9998 per cent of their products safely and reliably every day. The State Department’s own environmental impact statement found that Keystone XL would operate with a degree of safety greater than any other pipeline in the U.S.
Keystone XL Pipeline will be the newest and most technologically-advanced pipeline built in the United States to date. TransCanada has voluntarily agreed to incorporate 57 special safety conditions into the design and construction of Keystone XL, including a higher number of remote-controlled shutoff valves, increased pipeline inspections, burying the pipe deeper in the ground and using thicker steel pipe at river crossings.
TransCanada is committed to minimizing its environmental impact along the proposed route for Keystone XL. Recognizing the importance of native prairie as well as soil and topsoil conservation, the project team will execute established techniques designed for the highest quality reclamation process.
With more than 60 years of experience building and operating pipelines, TransCanada has successfully reclaimed thousands of acres of native rangeland on pipeline rights of way throughout North America.
In all cases, great care and planning will be taken to minimize and avoid impacts to the environment, including rare or endangered species, habitat, significant water crossings, and historical and paleontological resources.
These efforts resulted in successful pipeline reclamation projects in the arid native prairie regions of southern Alberta and southwestern Saskatchewan, including areas such as the Great Sand Hills of Saskatchewan.
Our Keystone Pipeline system is monitored around the clock at our high-tech pipeline control centre that is staffed by highly-trained pipeline operators. Information from 21,000 data points along Keystone XL will be sent by satellite every five seconds, providing real-time updates on operating conditions. Any sign of a problem on the pipeline is quickly detected and we can isolate any section of our pipeline within minutes by remotely closing any of the hundreds of valves on the system.
In the very unlikely event of a significant spill from our pipelines, TransCanada is fully committed to providing the necessary people and resources to respond quickly and ensure public safety and minimize impact on the environment.
The crude oil transported in Keystone XL Pipeline will be the same grades as those already being transported and processed across the United States today. Numerous studies have shown that crude oil produced from Canada’s oil sands pose no additional safety risks to pipelines and have a similar carbon footprint to other heavy crude oils from around the world.
Read more about Keystone XL and the environment on our blog:
New independent report and prominent climate scientists agree: Keystone XL meets President Obama’s climate standard
Keystone XL will not ‘significantly exacerbate climate change’
Why Keystone XL is the right choice for the environment