Pipe blockage

Progress on the Keystone XL pipeline was put on hold for a few days due to potential safety risks, reported by the Associated Press last week. According to the report, “The possible safety issues were found on part of the pipeline that extends between Missouri and Illinois.” Engineers were sent to investigate the problem, which was referred to as a “small anomaly,” to ensure that the crude oil would not leak, despite the claims that the pipeline is the “safest ever built,” according to TransCanada, the company leading the project.

The pipeline has been highly controversial, particularly since it will run through the Ogallala aquifer, which provides water to several states in the west and Midwest regions of the U.S.