President Barack Obama’s $7.4 billion Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from Alberta to Texas, is more likely to kill than Keystone, according to a new study.
Keystone XL would cross the Ogallala Aquifer in Montana, an area of water known to be home to some of the world’s most prolific oil and gas reserves, as well as the world, according the study by a group of researchers led by the University of Montana’s Nicholas Wade.
The study found that the pipeline would cause the largest increase in greenhouse gas emissions per mile traveled.
The average Keystone XL oil train would travel 4.9 miles (6.3 kilometers) in its first 100-mile (161-kilometer) trip.
The study found the pipeline, if built, would produce between 1.1 and 2.1 million barrels of crude oil per day and 1.2 million barrels per day of diesel fuel.
The Keystone XL would produce more greenhouse gas per mile travelled than Keystone’s other two pipelines.
The Keystone XL project would bring about 1.7 million barrels a day of oil from Canada’s tar sands to U.S. refineries.
The new study by the American Energy Alliance found the Keystone XL is more like a giant, slow-moving train than the Keystone 2, a 1,172-mile, two-line pipeline that would transport crude oil from the Gulf of Mexico to Texas.
Keystone XL’s route would also have more impacts on climate change than the pipeline’s.