With the fervor of anti-Keystone XL protests in the past year, is the American people's relationship with the proposed pipeline like a relationship gone bad? "Laying the pipe" metaphors aside, a new video from the Post Carbon Institute featuring a grating lover and a towel-clad girl suggets it is time for people to say, "We quit you Keystone, XL."
Since it rose to prominence last year, the proposed oil pipeline has drawn sharp criticism from environmentalists. Yet it has also remained a talking point for legislators who believe its construction would create jobs and lower gasoline prices.
Earlier this month, Nebraska environmental regulators released a report showing that a rearranged route for the pipeline through the Cornhusker State avoids the Sandhills prairies, but "still crosses areas of fragile, sandy soil," reported AP. The proposed route is reportedly in proximity to "unconfined aquifers" and land that could erode.
At the end of June, Congress passed a transportation bill that left out approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. House members had previously passed measures calling for Keystone XL's approval four separate times.
As Keystone XL's friends in the video say, "Plenty of fish in the sea, brah." After the woman "dumps" Keystone XL, a man portraying Canadian-based pipeline operator Enbridge says, "Whatever man, forget her. The girls up north [are] way easier."
Enbridge currently plans to build the Northern Gateway pipeline from Alberta to British Columbia, to carry tar sands bitumen to the Pacific coast. In May, Canada's Conservative government sought to use a budget bill to "restrict who can appear before regulatory panels to those deemed directly affected by the proposals and those with relevant expertise," reported Reuters.
Last week, an Enbridge pipeline in Wisconsin leaked over 1,000 barrels of oil into a field. Although the minor spill was contained, it still raised questions about pipeline safety. Reuters reports that U.S. Representative Ed Markey, the top Democrat on the Natural Resources Committee, said in a statement, "Enbridge is fast becoming to the Midwest what BP was to the Gulf of Mexico, posing troubling risks to the environment."