Tarsands Pipelines

Keystone XL Pipeline

Tar sands mine site in Alberta

Tar sands mine site in Alberta


Keystone XL is a proposed tar sands pipeline that would connect Alberta, Canada with Gulf Coast refineries that would carry 800,000 barrels per day of tar sands oil across the United States to be refined, exported and burned.

Tar sands oil has a massive carbon footprint — sometimes requiring more energy to produce than it creates — and Keystone XL is the key to making burning that oil economically feasible.

Keystone XL requires a Presidential Permit to move forward, and the world is watching to see if President Obama will stand up to big oil and stop the pipeline, or continue down the path of climate catastrophe.

President Obama is expected to make a decision about the pipeline sometime in the first half of 2014, and he has said he’ll reject the pipeline if it means a ‘significant impact’ on the climate. That makes his decision simple: building a 800,000 barrel-per-day pipeline of the world’s dirtiest oil will mean more tar sands dug up and burned, and more carbon pollution. Tell President Obama: Stop Keystone XL

Flanagan South Pipeline

Construction of Flanagan South in Illinois

Construction of Flanagan South in Illinois

While national organizations focus on resisting the construction of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, a Canadian company has already started construction on a section of a tar sands pipeline in Missouri.

The 36-inch pipe would stretch approximately 589 miles through four states: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. About 208 miles of the pipeline is to cross 11 counties in Missouri including two in the southern part of the metro Kansas City.

Flanagan South, will run parallel to the right-of-way of Enbridge’s existing Spearhead pipeline for most of its nearly 600 miles, minimizing obstacles to construction from both residents along the route and regulators.

Flanagan South will have a massive effect on the global climate because it’s the vital link Enbridge needs to more than quadruple the amount of bitumen it ships to the Texas Gulf Coast, where it is refined and sold on the world market.