13 Mar '12, 9pm

Green Blog: Study Warns of Economic Damage in a Keystone Spill: More than a million people work in agricultural

Green Blog: Study Warns of Economic Damage in a Keystone Spill: More than a million people work in agricultural

A report released on Tuesday by Cornell University’s Global Labor Institute concludes that the economic damage caused by potential spills from the Keystone XL pipeline could far outweigh the benefits of jobs created by the project. Global Labor Institute The institute, which advocates the creation of union jobs in renewable energy and analyzes sustainability issues, said that more than a million people work in agricultural or tourism jobs in the six states along Keystone XL’s route and that the economic costs could be considerable if a major spill occurred. The risks of an economically damaging accident are higher than those for conventional crude, the report said, because pipelines carrying oil sands crude are more prone to spills, an argument long made by opponents of the Keystone XL project. The report cited a spill from an Enbridge Energy pipeline in July 2010 that dum...

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