A single oil spill could be catastrophic to species in the Keystone XL Pipeline's path--including the highly endangered whooping crane, of which there are less than 400 left in the wild. It would impact habitats of the bald eagle and the endangered American Burying beetle and disrupt the migratory patterns of birds through the destruction of hundreds of acres of wetlands.
I am writing today to urge you to block the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline from Canada’s tar sands.
This unnecessary pipeline would put endangered and threatened wildlife in its path at great risk, potentially decimating the nearly extinct whooping crane.
The proposed pipeline's operator and owner, TransCanada, has estimated the current pipeline would produce no more than a single spill in 7 years, yet there have been 11 documented spills in the last 11 months.
Their demonstrated failure to adequately contain the thick, viscous oil is putting wildlife, in addition to residents of communities that will be impacted by future spills, at needless risk.
Additionally, the construction of this pipeline would further cement our nations dependance on oil at a time when investment and resources should go to the development of clean, alternative energy sources.
Please direct the State Department to decline to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.