Pipeline inspector says President should say no to Keystone XL pipeline

A former pipeline inspector said the government should not approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline because of shoddy work by the company has plagued TransCanada’s first Keystone pipeline.

Mike Klink of Auburn, Ind.., who worked as an inspector for the first Keystone pipeline, said TransCanada consistently cut corners during the construction process that has lead to more than a dozen leaks along the pipeline. He said the company picked saving money over safety when given the choice.

“What did I see? Cheap foreign steel that cracked when workers tried to weld it, foundations for pump stations that you would never consider using in your own home, fudged safety tests, Bechtel staffers explaining away leaks during pressure tests as “not too bad,” shortcuts on the steel and rebar that are essential for safe pipeline operation and siting of facilities on completely inappropriate spots like wetlands,” Klink wrote in a guest column for The Journal Star in Nebraska.

Klink, who is an engineer,  said he was fired by his former employer Bechtel, who worked on behalf of TransCanada, after he pointed out his concerns about the construction of the pipeline.

He said he isn’t against building pipelines, but he added the U.S. should take a pass on this pipeline.

Pipelines can and do stand the test of time, but TransCanada already has shown that they cannot. After working on engineering projects all over the world, I can tell you that a company that cared about safety would not follow these types of practices.

If it were a car, the first Keystone would be a lemon. And it would be far worse to double down on a proven loser with Keystone XL.

To read his full column, click here.