MYTH: “Keystone XL will not be a safe pipeline.”
Fact: Keystone XL will be the safest pipeline ever constructed in the United States.
Keystone XL will use satellite technology to monitor 20,000 data points on the pipeline’s operating conditions. TransCanada has also voluntarily agreed to 57 new safety procedures to provide even greater confidence regarding the operating and monitoring of Keystone XL. This includes a higher number of remotely controlled shut-off valves, increased pipeline inspections and burying the pipe deeper in the ground. The Department of State, Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS – March, 2013) for Keystone XL concluded, “the incorporation of 57 special conditions would result in a project that would have a degree of safety over any other typically constructed domestic oil pipeline system
under the current code”.