According to Wikipedia,
"The Keystone Pipeline System is a pipeline system to transport synthetic
crude oil and diluted bitumen ('dilbit') from the Athabasca oil sands region
in northeastern Alberta, Canada to multiple destinations in the United States,
which include refineries in Illinois, the Cushing oil distribution hub in Oklahoma,
and proposed connections to refineries along the Gulf Coast of Texas."
Here's a map indicating the path of the pipeline between Alberta and Texas. The tar
sands are basically synonymous with the again-booming town of Fort McMurray, AB.
Interestingly (to me, at least), the well-known bike advocate Mikael-Colville Andersen
was born in Fort McMurray. Andersen originated words/concepts including cycle chic and
"copenhagenize" (verb; sample usage: "we'd like to copenhagenize the world"). He has
published and presented often on the topic of, in the words of this Austin-based blogger,
In conclusion, whenever you hear a story about Keystone XL in the news it should also