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Photo Stories: Hardisty XL

  • Photo Stories: Hardisty XL - Matthew Masin
    Hardisty glows at night from hundreds of oil tanks that fool travelers from the road. Many think the bright lights are from a big city, however, they soon realize Hardisty itself if nowhere near as big as the oil terminals nearby.
  • Photo Stories: Hardisty XL - Matthew Masin
    Main street Hardisty, Alberta, is struggling to keep businesses open. More than half of the main drag business spaces remain empty.
  • Photo Stories: Hardisty XL - Matthew Masin
    A pharmacist, who declined to give her name, sweeps off the steps of the Hardisty Community Drug Mart.
  • Photo Stories: Hardisty XL - Matthew Masin
    Hardisty, Alberta, is a rural town about two hours Southeast of Edmonton, Alberta. The town is known for one thing; oil. Still, the town remains very small, filled with wild-life, like these mule deer, seen just along route 13 near the TransCanada oil terminals.
  • Photo Stories: Hardisty XL - Matthew Masin
    Wally Becker, a retired resident of Hardisty, goes for daily strolls through the small town. The corner market on the main drag has a bulletin board filled with houses for sale, job openings and music lessons.
  • Photo Stories: Hardisty XL - Matthew Masin
    An old barn remains standing just next to the TransCanada plant in Hardisty. The young oil company, TransCanada, has been growing in its Hardisty location, buying more space and building new terminals in anticipation of the Keystone XL pipeline.
  • Photo Stories: Hardisty XL - Matthew Masin
    Bryan Templeton, an on-site manager of the TransCanada Hardisty terminals, shows an oil sample container. Templeton says, "You won't see many other companies taking test samples of every batch they send. This is another way we are putting safety first." The samples can be matched for purity against received samples at destinations along the way to Texas to check for contaminants along the way.
  • Photo Stories: Hardisty XL - Matthew Masin
    Canadian oil differs from West Texas oil in many ways. The oil in Canada has a higher viscosity, meaning it is stickier. Templeton said if there was to be a spill in a Hardisty winter, theoretically you could roll the oil up like a sleeping bag and dispose of it.
  • Photo Stories: Hardisty XL - Matthew Masin
    Bryan Templeton checks over the control room at the Hardisty TransCanada plant. From this location, Templeton can see nearly every piece of the plant and how it is performing.
  • Photo Stories: Hardisty XL - Matthew Masin
    These three lines will be the starting line for the Keystone XL pipeline, if passed by President Obama. TransCanada built three new oil terminals just for Keystone XL.