On the very eve of its permitting decision, the Keystone Pipeline – as we expected – has proven itself to be an environmental nuisance by leaking 210,000 gallons of oil onto South Dakota land.
Running underground from Canada across the Great Plains, the pipeline leaked Thursday morning, spilling about 5,000 barrels of the crude substance onto the small town of Amherst in northeast South Dakota.
Everybody in 2013: The keystone pipeline will leak— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) November 17, 2017
TransCanada: It’ll be fine
2017: *5000 barrels of oil leaked from the Keystone pipeline*
Everybody today: pic.twitter.com/n4t7vcNPeU
This time last year, protestors of the pipeline took to South Dakota to rally against its permittance with the hopes of avoiding this very thing. In a now ironically sad tweet, Donald Trump once even exclaimed, "So sad that Obama rejected Keystone Pipeline. Thousands of jobs, good for the environment, no downside!" Unfortunately, the downside has been vividly shown.
So sad that Obama rejected Keystone Pipeline. Thousands of jobs, good for the environment, no downside!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2015
In typical altruistic fashion, Sisseton Wahpeton Tribal Chairman Dave Flute, has released a statement on the leak, even offering help on behalf of the Sisseton Wahpeton tribe:
"On behalf of the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe, we are offering our assistance if requested, to the local and federal agencies that are working to contain the spill and evaluate the environmental damage it may have caused.
Although our tribe opposed the construction of this pipeline, (and other pipelines), we understand it is here, it is what it is, but we are committed to providing help and assistance in any way we can."
Unfortunately, we're unaware if there can be any trace of silver lining surrounding this leak at the moment. how can hundreds of thousands of crude oil leaking onto land have a positive spin?
What we do know, however, is that there's value in continuing to work to protect the earth we have, even if man-made tragedy does strike in the end.
For months, hundreds of protesters, many of them arrested, doused with tear gas and water hoses in subzero temperatures, told the world, repeatedly, Keystone Pipeline was a disaster waiting to happen. They were mocked.— Charles Clymér (@cmclymer) November 17, 2017
Today, 210,000 gallons were spilled. It's just the start.
The Keystone pipeline is currently leaking 210,000 gallons of oil into the soil in South Dakota. You’re right, it’s not a downside, it’s a disgrace, just like your presidency. https://t.co/6MCguJVWE9— Mark Schweitzer (@MarkSchweitzer) November 17, 2017
Trump’s plan to cleanup the Keystone pipeline spill. pic.twitter.com/cmmUBHSODH— Sustainability Hub (@Sustainabhub) November 17, 2017
The Keystone pipeline just leaked 200,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota. There's a good reason President Obama blocked the Keystone XL expansion. There's a corrupt reason Donald Trump approved it.— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) November 17, 2017