Video – Tar Sands Pipeline Too Risky for Montana

As ugly images emerge from the Gulf Coast of wildlife oiled and dying from BP’s gigantic spill, the Obama Administration is rushing to build a pipeline to funnel an even dirtier fuel, known as tar sands via a massive pipeline. The pipeline, known as Keystone XL will cut through five states to deliver the crude from Canada to the Gulf.

About 250 residents in one of those proposed pipeline states, Montana, turned out last week to voice their concern that the pipeline will bring too much risk of a rupture. In videos below, watch resident Robby Levin talk about why he’s concerned about the pipeline. Then Marty Cobenais discusses some of the specifics of how Keystone XL is especially risky because of the proposed use of thinner pipe materials pumping at higher than normal pressures.

Why the rush and the risk to build this pipeline as they struggle to cap the Gulf gusher?

As we noted in an earlier post, tar sands are already killing wildlife. In 2008, 1,600 ducks drowned in toxic tailing ponds created to produce dirty tar sands oil. That will just be the start unless the pipeline is stopped. You can help. The State Department is currently taking public comments and they need to hear from you.

Visit NWF’s action page and tell the State Department that enough wildlife has been harmed and it’s time for safer energy alternatives.