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Shoddy construction on already-built portion could doom the rest of Keystone XL

Businessweek reports that shoddy construction could doom the unbuilt portion of the Keystone XL pipeline. The existing portion of Keystone XL, known as the Gulf Coast Pipeline, has severe construction defects, according to inspectors working for USDOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. The news is not a surprise to the progressive organizers in Nebraska who have been fighting Keystone XL. So much for TransCanada’s commitment to build “the world’s safest pipeline”.