Whistleblower’s Keystone Warning

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    A whistleblower who has come forward with information about the Keystone pipeline is sure to have his message go unreported by CNN and the rest of corporate media. Mike Klink of Auburn IN was an inspector for the first phase of the Keystone pipeline and says that TransCanada consistently cut corners during construction of the first phase of the pipeline, always choosing to save money instead of resolving safety issues.

    In an op-ed in The Journal Star of Omaha, Klink said, “What did I see? Cheap foreign steel that cracked when workers tried to weld it, foundations for pump stations that you would never consider using in your own home, fudged safety tests, Bechtel staffers explaining away leaks during pressure tests as ‘not too bad,’ shortcuts on the steel and rebar that are essential for safe pipeline operation and siting of facilities on completely inappropriate spots like wetlands.”

    Because Klink, a civil engineer, called attention to how Bechtel, contractor for the TransCanada pipeline, was cutting corners and using shoddy materials, he was fired from his job.

    “TransCanada didn’t appear to care. That is why I was not surprised to hear about the big spill in Ludden ND where a 60-foot plume of crude spewed tens of thousands of gallons of toxic tar sands oil and fouled neighboring fields,” Klink stated.

    Keystone is simply another example of the necessity for strong, forceful regulation of corporate behavior to protect the rest of us from narrow-minded greed. And, Virginians better make sure that strong regulation is in place before letting Virginia Uranium and its Canadian backers open that uranium mine in Pittsylvania County. Beware, Virginia, the fix is already in, and only voter pressure can postpone that decision.

    • Quizzical

      The trouble is, that our political leadership doesn’t seem to have a coherent vision of the right direction.  

      I saw an outtake from the latest debate in New Hampshire, that is airing on Meet the Press, and it looked like a gigantic light show.  And we all know that the more elaborate the stage lighting, the less substance.

      What a contrast for me to come across this talk by Jeremy Rifkin on his book, “The Third Industrial Revolution.”  He presents a coherent vision of the direction we need to go, and I just wish our political leadership would listen:

      http://www.booktv.org/Watch/12

    • Quizzical

      Here is a HuffingtonPost interview of Jeremy Rifkin

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

      One of the reasons an overarching new economic game plan has never been rolled out is not just because we need to cut back public spending and reduce government deficits,” Rifkin said in a two-part Q&A with HuffPost, “but because the administration is missing, to quote former president George W. Bush, the ‘vision thing.'”

      “What Obama is lacking,” he added, “is a narrative.”

      The second part of the Rifkin interview is at this link:

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/