Newburyport Daily News
---- — To the editor:
Stephen Lynch is a U.S. congressman running for U.S. senator of Massachusetts as a man of the people. However, he has already voted twice in favor of the Keystone Pipeline in the House. So it might be more accurate to view him as a man of tar sands oil and big oil companies.
Tar sands oil that leaks out of pipelines has already devastated the Kalamazoo River and the local environment and economy. In 2010, more than 800,000 gallons leaked when a pipeline ruptured in Michigan. Tar sands oil contaminated a 30-mile stretch of the river and led to widespread health problems in neighboring communities. It is extremely abrasive, corrosive and acidic, and must be pumped at a higher pressure than crude oil. Clean-up from water supplies is almost impossible, for tar sands oil is diluted with additional toxic chemicals and it sinks and must be dredged.
Canada wants to exploit pits the size of Rhode Island for tar sands oil and wants us to let them ship it through the U.S. in pipelines. The U.S. Senate is voting on whether to try to force the president to approve Keystone. Only the dirtiest senators will vote in favor of bringing us the dirtiest oil in the world. The world is as mad as the sea has been lately.