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Kate Mottola


The Complexities of the Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

[Map of existing pipelines throughout the US. TransCanada's Keystone is in the center in brown. Source: Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.]

The Keystone XL oil pipeline is a proposed project to install a 1,700-mile tunnel of oil stretching from the oil sands of Northern Alberta, Canada south to the Gulf Coast of Texas. This project has presented massive conflicts of interest throughout its volatile shelf-life. Politically, it represents the crux of energy security in the United States and promotes the expansion of oil drilling throughout the country. The pipeline will strengthen the partnership between the ...

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Kate Mottola


Kate Mottola is a writer and editor based in New York City. For links to her work please visit the following websites: ;