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PIPE DREAMS: new doc on Keystone XL Pipeline

How many jobs would justify risking the contamination of aquifer that provides fresh water to most of the Midwest? 1,000? 5,000? What if they were only temporary jobs?
These are some of the many policy issues likely to be raised in the wake of Leslie Iwerks’s new documentary Pipe Dreams. The film documents the path of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline through interviews with the people who would be most affected by its construction. The proposed pipeline would carry a thick, sticky form of crude oil known as oil sands from Alberta, Canada through the Midwest to refineries in the Gulf Coast of Texas. Along the way the pipeline would pass though the Ogallala Aquifer, which provides fresh water to much of the Midwest’s breadbasket.
The concerns raised by this documentary won’t be answered until after the 2012 U.S. election as President Obama as deferred acting upon the matter until 2013.
The theatrical run of this film is over, but you can buy dvds at http://www.pipedreamsdoc.com/. Keep an eye open in February, because the film made the short lit for Oscar consideration in the Documentary Shorts category.

How many jobs would justify risking the contamination of aquifer that provides fresh water to most of the Midwest? 1,000? 5,000? What if they were only temporary jobs?

BY BRENNA C. via www.sparked.com
These are some of the many policy issues likely to be raised in the wake of Leslie Iwerks’s new documentary Pipe Dreams. The film documents the path of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline through interviews with the people who would be most affected by its construction. The proposed pipeline would carry a thick, sticky form of crude oil known as oil sands from Alberta, Canada through the Midwest to refineries in the Gulf Coast of Texas. Along the way the pipeline would pass though the Ogallala Aquifer, which provides fresh water to much of the Midwest’s breadbasket.

The concerns raised by this documentary won’t be answered until after the 2012 U.S. election as President Obama as deferred acting upon the matter until 2013.

Screenings of this film are just starting, visit the website to see when a screening is near you. DVDs are available now at www.pipedreamsdoc.com. Keep an eye open in February, because the film made the short list for Oscar consideration in the Documentary Shorts category.

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