Keystone Pipeline vs. Whooping Cranes and Other Wildlife

The Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the controversial Keystone Pipeline has been released for review. This pipeline would transport tar sands through 875 miles of the endangered whooping crane migratory route.

Whooping crane current-and former range and migration route

Whooping crane current and former range and migration route

 Friends of the Wild Whoopers (FOTWW) contends that the pipeline is an unneeded and foolish project. An accidental spill of oil from the pipeline could have a serious adverse impact on whooping cranes and other wildlife species and valuable ground water supplies. The SEIS concluded that of the fourteen endangered species who frequent the pipelines route, only a beetle would be threatened. 

Whoopers 2-ad-1-juv-and-3-sandhills. photo by-Peggy-Diaz

Whoopers – 2 adults and 1 juvenile with 2 sandhills.  photo by Peggy Diaz

 Construction of the pipeline would produce 3,900 temporary jobs and only 50 permanent jobs. An NBC TV report closed with an admission that many of the officials who served on the impact committee were associated with people with pipeline connections.

For more information click on the following links:

Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS)
Executive summary