The Keystone Mapping Project (KMP) is an internationally recognized multimedia and photography project examining land use and climate change in America through an exploration of the Keystone XL – the proposed 2,000 mile diluted bitumen pipeline that bisects the North American Continent. The controversial pipeline has become emblematic of our inability to reconcile world demand for fossil fuels and the environmental imperatives imposed upon modern civilization.
The KMP has established itself as the most comprehensive publicly-available mapping resource for the pipeline. The project’s website and interactive mapping application form the foundation of the project, allowing communities, stakeholders, journalists and non-profits to more easily evaluate the pipeline and its impacts and identify and cooperatively address common issues.
The Keystone Mapping Project crosses ideological boundaries to find itself at the juncture of land use, economic and energy policy, and climate change. An examination of the Keystone, ultimately, is an examination of ourselves.
The KMP is the creation of author, photographer, and web developer Thomas Bachand.