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September 16, 2014 Keystone XL Lost Opportunities Tour: Gascoyne, North Dakota

These stacks of North American steel have been sitting in a field for 3 1/2 years.

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Sean Hackbarth Steel pipe for the Keystone XL pipeline piled near Gascoyne, North Dakota. Gascoyne, ND

7:00 am (Sep. 16)

Miles traveled: 520

Instead of going straight into South Dakota, this morning we took a detour into North Dakota. We wanted to see what 220 miles of pipe looked like in one place.

In a field near Gascoyne, ND sits a field of steel pipe. It’s about one-quarter of all the pipe needed to build the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Once the pipeline is approved, this pipe will be divided among 26 pipe yards, about 30 miles apart along the pipeline’s route.

I wrote about this place a year ago, and now I saw it. It was both impressive and disappointing.

Impressive, because it's miles and miles of pipe stacked on top of each other.

Disappointing becasue these stacks of North American steel have been sitting in this spot for 3.5 years.

Talk about a lost opportunity.

These photos don't do justice to how much pipe is here. It goes on for acres.

Steel pipe for the Keystone XL pipeline piled near Gascoyne, North Dakota.Steel pipe for the Keystone XL pipeline piled near Gascoyne, North Dakota.

 

Steel pipe for the Keystone XL pipeline piled near Gascoyne, North Dakota.Steel pipe for the Keystone XL pipeline piled near Gascoyne, North Dakota.

Steel pipe for the Keystone XL pipeline piled near Gascoyne, North Dakota.Steel pipe for the Keystone XL pipeline piled near Gascoyne, North Dakota.

Steel pipe for the Keystone XL pipeline piled near Gascoyne, North Dakota.Steel pipe for the Keystone XL pipeline piled near Gascoyne, North Dakota.

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