State Department: Keystone XL Pipeline Safest Way To Transport Crude Oil

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The Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) welcomed U.S. Department of State completion of the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Keystone XL pipeline project. The State Department review, as well as a recent pipeline industry performance report, confirms that pipelines are the safest mode of transportation to deliver crude oil.
  “Pipelines are the safest way to transport crude oil and the State Department review for Keystone XL confirms that,” said Andrew Black, AOPL president and CEO.
  The State Department review finds that there is lower likelihood of spills with pipelines compared to alternative modes of crude oil transport. Furthermore, the State Department found that number of barrels of crude released into the environment would be higher if the Keystone XL pipeline is not constructed, because the crude oil would find its way to market by other less safe transportation modes.
  In 2013, U.S. pipelines transported over 14.1 billion barrels of crude oil, gasoline, diesel and jet fuel across our nation, with 99.9998% of those barrels reaching their destination safely. Liquid pipeline operators through the new Pipeline Safety Excellence initiative recently published the 2013 Annual Pipeline Safety Performance Report. Pipeline incidents show a 62% decline over the last 10 years. The number of barrels released from pipelines is down over 47% over the last decade, according to the report.
  Substantial industry spending on pipeline safety shows pipeline operators are committed to ensuring their utmost safety. In 2012, pipeline operators spent over $1.6 billion on their pipeline integrity management programs evaluating, inspecting and managing the integrity of their pipeline networks.
  Keystone XL will operate under 59 special safety conditions required by the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Safety Administration representing a comprehensive assurance that the Keystone XL pipeline will include and perform to the highest safety standards. TransCanada has agreed to an additional 36 mitigation measures. Overall, the proposed project will include processes, procedures and systems to prevent, detect and mitigate potential oil spills.