The Mysterious Route of the Keystone Pipeline

AllGov – by Noel Brinkerhoff

While the Obama administration decides whether to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project, Americans have no way to find out exactly where more than a thousand miles of pipe would be laid.

That’s because neither the U.S. government nor the Canadian company pushing the pipeline will reveal the proposed route.

What is known is that the pipeline would travel about 1,700 miles while crossing six states: Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.  

Thomas Bachand, creator of the Keystone Mapping Project, wanted to find a map of the proposed construction to show people on his website what areas might be impacted by the work. He tried the State Department and got nothing. He then tried TransCanada, the oil company that wants to ship tars sands oil through the pipeline. There, Bachand got “the runaround. Their excuse was that [releasing the information] was a national security risk, which is just a joke,” he told NPR in 2012.

The information blackout includes withholding which streams or rivers the pipeline would cross.

“Waterbody crossings are another key feature that is largely missing,” Bachand told “If the pipeline crossed a mile upstream from one’s property, or neighborhood, or community park, or aquifer, most people would want to know about it.”

-Noel Brinkerhoff

6 thoughts on “The Mysterious Route of the Keystone Pipeline

  1. “Their excuse was that [releasing the information] was a national security risk, which is just a joke,” he told NPR in 2012.”

    HAHAHAHA!!! The infamous excuse for everything these days. “It’s a matter of National Security”.

    Maybe the next time the police say they want to look inside my car or get any information out of me, such as where I am going, I can just say, “I’m sorry, but I can’t give you that information, as it is a matter of National Security”. I wonder how long that will last and how far I will get with that. I’ll probably get a quick trip to jail, but these guys simply are let off the hook and the police just shrug it off and walk away. Amazing, ain’t it?

  2. If they keep it quiet, keep it to themselves then they can beforehand buy up land and rights so the project is forced to hand millions to those in the know.

    More theft of tax dollars goes under the radar…

  3. We all know it has to cross the Red River to pass from OK to TX. In East Texas, it is crossing the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer which supplies water for 60 counties, 10-12 million people, and uncountable farms. It is definitely crossing the Angelina River twice, that I know of, and dangerously close to several reservoirs.

    1. Hmm Aquifer always rings alarm bells, if you control the water you control the people and the Bush family have built a huge fortress in Paraguay atop the huge south American aquifer there.

      Now imagine if you were a seed owning corporation and wanted a way to instil control into the minds of many farmers resistant to this corporations overtures…

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