Piles of defective Keystone XL pipeline in East Texas. This pipe was already buried and had to be dug up due to anomalies.
People have shown the media pictures, they refuse to air them. Even after TransCanada engineer/whistleblower Evan Vokes came to Texas personally to look at the pipeline being lifted out of the ground.
Vokes says TransCanada prioritizes staying on schedule over quality. In a 28-page complaint filed last year with the Canadian government’s pipeline regulator, he describes rampant code violations on other TransCanada projects. He claims that the repair work in Texas proves the company is still ignoring the engineering codes and regulations that guide pipeline construction and warns that Keystone XL will likely leak.
“Now if they were actually following this,” he says, holding up a section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ code governing liquid hydrocarbon pipelines, “they wouldn’t have this,” he says, pointing to an array of photos documenting problems with the pipeline.