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82% of Americans Now Support the Keystone Pipeline


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Keystone XL is likely the most famous oil pipeline in the world. Rarely out of the news, it seems every minor detail has been reported on, or about by journalists and partisans. Opponents of the pipeline have resorted to every type of negative messaging possible and this week is no different. On the other hand, supporters have been quick to share the latest poll showing that those against the pipeline haven’t been able to stop the growing momentum which is now at an eye-catching 82%.

Everyone wants to know whether President Obama will finally approve the proposed expansion line to the existing Keystone Pipeline. This week was no different, as the Keystone construction team began government required quality assurance tests on recently constructed sections.

David Dodson, Spokesman for TransCanada stated, “Before any of our projects go into commercial service, they go through many different kinds of tests and inspections.” He went on to say that the line must be tested using water pressure and remote sensing. Ultrasonic inspection tools are run down the inside of the new pipeline that with X-Rays, inspecting each weld, looking for the smallest imperfection.

Why this is newsworthy is debatable, but in the frenzy to “report” the story, some journalists decided this was a big deal. Perhaps the reporters should have asked a knowledgeable pipeline or government official prior to placing pen to paper. If the media had, they would have learned about the importance of testing every pipeline before it goes into operation.

What we do know is that during the testing process, some imperfections were found. Such findings are commonplace and lead to further testing, including a procedure known as direct assessment or “DA” for short. DA is nothing more than exposing the area of pipe in question to obtain a better look.

Although these reported “deviations” might not rise to the level warranting attention, TransCanada has announced that these imperfections will nonetheless be replaced. Now that is meticulous, shows how seriously they are taking safety and this attention to detail is exactly the procedure every pipeline company should follow.

In poll after poll after poll, Americans have expressed their support for the project. What is even more pronounced is that support for the project continues to build as evidenced by the June 3, 2013 Harris Interactive HPOL -0.86% poll. This most recent poll by Harris HRS +0.48% found that 82% of registered voters believe building the Keystone pipeline system is in the national interest. That is an overwhelming majority.

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