The Mysterious Route of the Keystone Pipeline

Tuesday, July 02, 2013
(graphic: Keystone Mapping Project)

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


To Learn More:

Obama State Dept. Leaving Citizens in the Dark About Exact Keystone XL Pipeline Route (by Steve Horn,

The Keystone XL Map the State Department Doesn’t Want You to See (by Harry Stevens, Triple Pundit)

Keystone XL Map Complete 2D (Keystone Mapping Project)


Richard Boehm 6 years ago
From what I've read in AARP the initial effort will employ 2500-4500 persons for the first 2 years then go down to about 20 full time employees. Why are we even considering this? Wouldn't it be easier to process the oil/sand on site?
teresa 6 years ago
My ? is, if you look at the Agenda 2050 map, I don't see where these States connect, don't get that part of this!
landman56 6 years ago
... probably to forestall organized resistance (or organized negotiating) by the people whose land will be crossed. But would someone please explain to me why this pipeline is different from any of the myriad others which were built without controversy?

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