, Newburyport, MA

April 29, 2013

Oil pipelines not monitored enough

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

A little while ago the news channels featured the story of a ruptured oil pipe in the state of Arkansas that flooded the streets of a town with a thick river of oil that drove many people from their homes and contaminated their water supply.

It overwhelmed the town and they did not know how they would be able to handle the problem or rid the streets of all that oil, or restore their water.

That is just the tip of the iceberg. Oil pipes that carry the oil from tar sands have ruptured many times and contaminated the environment. That is the kind of thick crude Canada wants to transport all the way to Texas, and then sell the oil to China after being refined. The Keystone pipeline goes through our farmlands and threatens vital water supplies. Some farmlands were going to be taken by eminent domain against the farmers’ will.

I’m asking President Obama to veto the Keystone pipeline. I think oil pipelines should be monitored far more often than once in five years. The oil companies make billions in profits every year and can afford it.

Beverly Brown