FACT CHECK: Keystone XL Pipeline Not a Threat to Land, Drinking Water

CLAIM: A representative from the National Resources Defense Council told ABC News that the Keystone XL pipeline threatens “our land, our drinking water and our communities.”



The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration notes that pipelines provide “safe movement of extraordinary quantities of energy products to industry and consumers,” while also noting pipelines are “one of the safest and least costly ways to transport energy products.”

The DOT also provides the following facts about pipelines:

  • The nation has more than 2.6 million miles of pipelines,
  • These pipelines deliver trillions of cubic feet of natural gas and hundreds of billions of ton/miles of liquid petroleum products each year.
  • The volume of product moved on a “modest pipeline” would require about 750 tanker trucks per day moving out every two minutes 24 hours a day, seven days a week to match the pipeline’s output.
  • Put another way: a single pipeline moves the equivalent of a train with 225 cars with 28,000 gallon tanks.