An A&M University study released Tuesday shows that the oil sands are in fact being tapped by pipeline companies in Alberta.
The report, which is part of a larger effort to map and quantify the impact of pipeline expansion on the environment, also shows that pipeline projects in Canada have the potential to significantly increase carbon emissions.
Keystone XL pipeline map reveals details of the Keystone XL pipeline in Canada.
Keystone XL is slated to begin pumping oil from Alberta’s tar sands into the U.S. in 2021.
The study is the first to examine the impact that pipelines are having on the tar sands.
A&hampers pipeline emissions are projected to increase by 2.2 million barrels per day by 2035.
In the study, the researchers compared the greenhouse gas emissions from oil sands production with those from conventional crude production in the same region.
A pipeline would generate about 12 million more barrels per year than the conventional oil produced in the area.
The findings have implications for other oil sands projects.
A recent study by the U of T’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs showed that the Keystone pipeline is projected to have a net negative impact on global emissions by 2025.
The Keystone XL and the Trans Mountain pipelines, which will be built by Kinder Morgan and TransCanada, will bring thousands of jobs to Canada.
The pipeline is estimated to be the biggest project in the country, and is projected by some analysts to be worth as much as $10 trillion.