When you’re working on a project, you want to get it done right the first time.
But you might be surprised to learn that a few weeks after you start, the pipeline might need to be dredged.
A report from TransCanada, the company behind the pipeline, shows that some of the most expensive parts of the project might need more than $1 billion to be rerouted.
The report found that, for the KeystoneXL project, $2.2 billion is needed to dredge an estimated 3.4 miles of pipeline in the Athabasca Basin.
That’s not all.
The pipeline would need to remove a total of 3,000 tons of dredge material, including a “tremendous” amount of steel, the report said.
TransCanada says that the dredge would be carried out by dredge operators.
The company also says that, based on existing infrastructure, there is no way to prevent the dredges from contaminating surface water, soil, and other resources.
In other words, the dredging could affect all of Canada’s waterways.
The Keystone XL project has been the subject of a number of controversies since it was first proposed.
Critics have charged that TransCanada is exploiting Canada’s energy resources and that the project will exacerbate climate change by creating a new source of oil.
Environmentalists, meanwhile, have been warning of the dangers of a pipeline that would be built in the Canadian Arctic.
Trans Canada says the project would be environmentally sound.
It would not involve drilling for oil, it would not affect wildlife, and it would be in the best interest of Canadians.
But it could also result in spills and accidents.
That would make the pipeline’s safety even more important to TransCanada and its investors.
If TransCanada can dredge more than 3.3 miles of pipe and find a way to remove it, it might be able to avoid the need for the dredged portion of the pipeline to be drilled entirely in the first place.
So what can you do to protect yourself and your home from these dangerous projects?
If you live near an oil field, you might want to keep an eye on the oil in your house and water sources.
If you work in a remote or inaccessible area, you can monitor the progress of oil and gas drilling projects by following these tips: Make sure your home and/or yard are clear of oil or gas equipment.
Take your oil and/ or gas appliances out of the house and/ and off the premises.
Keep any gas appliances you use out of your home.
Leave your refrigerator and freezer plugged in and out of power.
If your oil or natural gas heating or air conditioning is working, turn it off.