The proposed Keystone XL Pipeline would run from Alberta through the center of South Dakota to the Texas Gulf Coast.
A local group met to discuss their concerns about the pipeline coming through our area.
KSFY News was there.
Members of the Sierra Club met at the Sioux Falls Public Library for the first in a series of talks about energy issues in our area.
Wednesday night, they talked about the pipeline.
And some are worried about not only the effect it could have in our area but for the entire country.
Sierra Club member Sandy Dumke came to hear about the controversy surrounding the Keystone Pipeline and she's worried about what happens if something goes wrong.
"What's it going to do to our state, our country. look what happened in Canada like the pictures he had on there. look what's happened to their country. You know, it's just ruined their country," Dumke said.
Professor James Heisinger spoke to members of the Sierra Club about what expansion of the Keystone XL Pipeline means to us.
"We live on the planet Earth and this pipeline is the beginning, it's the lynchpin, of a whole web of pipelines coming out of Canada," Heisinger said.
Just this past spring, we saw high gas prices but Heisinger says more oil flowing through the U.S. won't help drive down prices at the pump.
"Who wouldn't have a business and sell their product for the highest amount of money it will bring. And that's really the game that's afoot. put it where people will pay the most for it. And hey, we've got to compete with everybody else when we fill up our cars," Heisinger said.
And believe it or not, the pipeline talk is not all doom and gloom.
"It starts us thinking more about where we ought to be going in the future. Is this something we really want or do we want to go with renewable fuels," Heisinger said.
"We should be doing more of getting rid of oil, instead of putting more oil in our country. We should be doing electric cars, we should be doing geothermal, my brother's got an earth home that's geothermal," Dumke said.
One person in the audience asked why doesn't TransCanada just route the pipeline to the west coast of Canada, and the professor said the Canadians don't want it in their backyard either.
But he also added that the infrastructure for large scale oil refineries doesn't exist there.
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