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Keystone XL Spill Risk: A Reanalysis of the Environmental Impact Statement - Guest Blog by David Malitz

This is a guest blog post by David Malitz, Ph.D. David is a consultant living in Austin, Texas with over 30 years of experience in statistical analysis. As a statistician, I expected the Keystone XL draft supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) to address the risk of oil spills if the pipeline were built. More specifically, if an 875 mile pipeline were built which carried as much as 800,000 barrels per day of heavy crude, what would be the risk of spills such as the 20,000 barrel spill in Michigan’s Kalamazoo River or the recent spill in Mayflower, Arkansas? Surely, we should be able to estimate the degree of such risk using historical data. The SEIS partially addresses such spill risks, but in a way that seemed to me to be oddly incomplete. The report discusses (in Section 4.13.2 and Appendix K) an analysis by Keystone of data available from the Pipeline and Ha...

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