Richard Guldi, Dallas, TX “I have a PhD in engineering, and worked as a process engineer for 36 years with Texas Instruments handling the most toxic chemicals we had. I’m absolutely appalled at the flagrant disregard for public safety by tar sands companies. Tar sands pipelines are inherently more dangerous than conventional pipelines because of their higher pressure, higher temperature, and 100-300 times higher etch rate of metal and stress fractures. Texas water treatment plants do not have the capability to detect or remove benzene or xylene – two carcinogens found in tar sands. 10% of water supply for 7 million people Fortunately, your committee can do some things to prevent disaster. Don’t let the 36 year old Seaway pipeline transport tar sands.”

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