Apparently a radio show was done simultaneously in Lincoln and Alberta, Canada recently on the Keystone XL Pipeline.
And, wouldya know it, the Anti-Pipeliners are STILL pulling out the same defeated arguments about the pipe:
The discussion often came back to the environment and the Ogallala Aquifer. Winston argued that water will be the most valuable resource in the 21st century and said the pipeline threatens that resource.
“You can live without oil,” he said. “You can’t live without water.”
Surely clear heads ruled during this discussion, yeah?
“You can feel it,” she said. “You can feel the passion and the emotion of the issue for (the people affected by the pipeline), and I think that came across very well.”
Well, as long as there is emotion and passion, that trumps logic, reason and science, right?
The aquifer is in great danger from those oil steamers from the north, right???
Well, let’s hear it, once again, from former UNL hydrologist, Jim Goeke:
Any leak would have minimal impact on the Ogallala Aquifer.
Wait, Mr. Goeke, What the hell do YOU know about the Aquifer?
I have been able to drill more than 1,000 test holes into the Ogallala formation.
Well, what about that other guy from Nebraska who said a spill would be baaaaad???
UNL environmental engineer John Stansbury’s report (on worst-case consequences of a spill, released in July) makes the incorrect assumption that the Ogallala Aquifer is uniform sand in all directions and right below the surface. The calculations of a projected 15-mile plume (of leaked oil) did not take into consideration the geology of the aquifer.
Yeah, but what if it was a really baaad spill?
The pipeline alignment goes over a far eastern segment of the subsurface Ogallala. Roughly 75 to 80 percent of the aquifer is upgradient to the west. That unrelenting eastward water flow means that it would be a physical impossibility for any oil spill to reach the vast majority of the aquifer to the west.
But please let us have some more emotion on the subject.
Because emotion is always much more imporant.
Oh, and it’s better radio.