Pipeline Fact Sheet

  • In the past 20 years, there have been over 11,000 oil leaks of 50 gallons or more in the US alone.  
  • A single oil leak in farmland can cause up to $40 million in property damage.
  • Since 2009, there has been a 60% increase in the annual number of pipeline accidents.
  • American taxpayers already pay about $350 million each year to clean up pipeline spills and fires. 
  • The pipeline KXL alone would put 1.2 billion metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.
  • KXL will create only 35 full-time jobs. Many of these jobs would not even be within the USA.
  • A leak from the proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline would destroy the Puget Sound salmon fishery.
  • A rupture in the Keystone XL pipeline could cause a BP style oil spill in America’s heartland, over the source of fresh drinking water for 20 million people.
  • All current pipeline projects disregard the right of Indigenous people to free, prior, and informed consent , in direct violation of the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  • 150 Native nations have signed a treaty alliance to oppose the pipelines
  • Foreign oil companies have used private security to terrorize Native people on their own land using American taxpayer money.
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