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    a few more:
    1. All pipelines leak. Sooner or later the thousands of miles of the Keystone Pipeline will leak, too. The chances of a leak are 100%.

    2. A leak in this pipeline is unlikely to be caught immediately, due to the pipeline's length and the fact that it will be underground, thus out of sight to inspections.

    3. The Keystone Pipeline travels over one of the largest aquifers, the Olgala Aquifer in the USA . This underground water source is the second largest source of fresh water in the USA. Only the Great Lakes basin is larger.

    4. The Olgala Aquifer provides the major source of fresh water to 11 states and is the secondary source for 4 more.

    5. These 11 states provide the USA with it's major supply of grain and meat. The grains include corn, wheat, soy and oats. Cattle ranching and dairy farming are the other major industries in these states.

    6. If a spill occurs, which is 100% likely, the resulting pollution of the Olgala Aquifer and the lands above it will be PERMANENT. It will be impossible to clean it up, no matter how much technology we use.  In fact, we have no technology available to deal with a spill that will poison the water and land in 15 states, more than 1/3 of the entire United States.

    7. A spill will lead to the loss of millions of acres of our most productive farm land that our nation depends upon for our food, which will threaten our national security. We will have to purchase food from other nations, likely at very high prices.

    8. Given the severe drought in the south and west where much of our citrus and produce is grown, we cannot afford to permanently lose more farmland that our nation depends upon for food.

    In essence, allowing the Keystone Pipeline to be built is tanamount to allowing a live nuclear warhead to be installed underground in this area. The results of a spill from the Keystone Pipeline would be catastrophic. It would make the BP spill look trivial in comparison.

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