Potential spills from TransCanada Keystone XL worry Texas officials

First responders and concerned citizens in Cherokee County, Texas, are voicing their concerns over the potential for environmental damage caused by the proposed TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline.

At a recent meeting of the East Texas Sub-Regional Planning Commission, Gallatin Fire Chief George Bostock told the committee that although there is a plan in place in the event of a leak, people are also worried about damage to their water supplies, according to the Cherokeean Herald.

Bostock said one of the main problems is that pipeline owner Enbridge Partners has not disclosed details on the chemical compounds used to dilute tar sands, which contain large deposits of oil.

“We just don’t know what we will do if there is a pipeline leak. We’ll call in a hazmat team from either Tyler or Longview, which will take an hour or more. How long it will take for the pipeline company to get a cleanup crew to the site could be hours or days,” Chief Bostock told the crowd.

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Last week, the Obama Adminstration delayed a decision that would allow construction of the pipeline to begin between Oklahoma and Beaumont. 

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