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Pipeline a big risk

October 17, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

An Associated Press article in the Oct. 9 Daily Mining Gazette about Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan said Mitt Romney's administration on Day One would approve the pipeline that would run from Canada to refineries in Texas. He said thousands of jobs would be created and would push America on its way to energy independence.

One problem with this story is that if the pipeline is built to the Gulf, that oil is scheduled to be shipped to Asia, and would not do the U.S. buyers a bit of relief or lower gas prices.

The other problem is the Ogallala aquifer. So many states depend on this huge underground treasure; having that destroyed by an oil leak would be like we midwesterners losing the Great Lakes - an absolute catastrophe.

If we are to get Canadian oil, then why not build a refinery in the northern tier of the United States?

And if a northern state will approve having a refinery, this will provide jobs and hopefully lower gas prices.

Risking a catastrophe of the Ogallala aquifer just to benefit the big oil companies is plain stupid.





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