Several years ago I thought maybe it would be smart to invest in Canadian Tar Sands Oil. My daughter, whose MBA is in International Business, set me straight, reminding me that the whole business is an environmental disaster. I learned a little more when there was a pipeline break just about 2 years ago at Marshall, MI, a few miles west of where I live, and I attended the EPA hearings. It truly was a major oil spill, with very large quantities of tar sands oil spewing out into the creek leading to the Kalamazoo River. They are still working at trying to clean it up. Tar sands oil is so dirty and so thick that it has to be "diluted" with benzene in order to get it to flow at all, even through a 30" pipeline. Note that benzene is just about the most carcinogenic fluid there is. Even when diluted, the tar sands oil is sticky, and it sinks to the bottom when in water. Now they want to build a pipeline to take the stuff down to Texas, but it has met with opposition from people in Nebraska, and President Obama has put a hold on the project.
If we are to go on living together on this Earth, we must all be responsible for it.
~ Kofi Annan
To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.
~ Wendell Barry
Nancy in Michigan
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