Fact Check: Photos Do NOT Show Pictures Of The Keystone Pipeline And A Lithium Mine

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  • by: Marlo Lee
Fact Check: Photos Do NOT Show Pictures Of The Keystone Pipeline And A Lithium Mine Not The Facts

Are these two pictures showing part of the Keystone Pipeline and a lithium mine? No, that's not true: Reverse image searching leads to results that establish that the top picture in this Facebook post is of part of the Alaska Pipeline, and the bottom picture is of a gold mine in western Australia.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post on June 13, 2022. The post reads:

The Top picture is part of the keystone pipeline

The bottom is a lithium mine.

Those are the facts.

Truth hurts doesn't it FB.

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

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Facebook screenshot(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Thu Jun 16 14:16:57 2022 UTC)

A reverse image search of the top photo on Google Images resulted in a link from United Nations University, an academic arm of the United Nations. That link led to an article that included a photograph very similar to the one in the Facebook post. At the bottom left of the photograph in the article was the name "Dan" with a hyperlink.

That hyperlink led to Flickr, a image and video hosting service where creators can upload their work. "Dan," the photographer for this picture, captioned it "The Alaska Pipeline" part of a series of photos from Alaska. The date on the photo is June 26, 2011.

Screen Shot 2022-06-16 at 2.41.47 PM.pngFacebook screenshot(Source: Flickr screenshot taken on Thu Jun 16 18:41:47 2022 UTC)

According to ResearchGate, the Alaska Pipeline, or Trans-Alaska Pipeline, travels the vertical length of Alaska from Prudhoe Bay, through Fairbanks, and ends at Valdez. The Keystone Pipeline starts in Canada and ends in Texas, according to keystonexl.com, the official website for all things concerning the Keystone Pipeline.

We have reached out to the Keystone Pipeline's press team and will update this piece with any relevant information.

A reverse image search of the bottom picture on TinEye, a reverse-image search engine, turned up a stock image of the same photo used in the post from ShutterStock, an American provider of stock photographs, with the caption, "Top to bottom of the biggest australian gold mine - super pit in Kalgoorlie, Western AUstralia, on a sunny summer day."

Another search on Google Images resulted in many links with the name Kalgoorlie in them. According to australia.com, a tourism site for the continent of Australia, this picture is of a gold mine in western Australia. The australia.com link led to the page, "Guide to Kalgoorlie-Boulder." The page listed multiple different things tourists could do when they visit Kalgoorlie-Boulder, a desert on the western half of Australia. One of the things tourists can do there is "Visit the Super Pit." In that short paragraph about visiting the Super Pit is another hyperlink. That link leads to superpit.com.au, a website dedicated to the Super Pit. On superpit.com.au's About page, it reads:

Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines (KCGM) Operations is a world class asset located adjacent to the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder approximately 600 kilometres east of Perth, Western Australia. KCGM Operations include the Fimiston Open Pit (Super Pit), Mt Charlotte Underground Mine and the Fimiston and Gidji Processing Plants.

The site features an image from the same perspective as the photo in the post, showing the same basic road patterns and terracing in the massive mine:

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(Source: Australia.com screenshot taken on Thu June 16 19:05:57 2022 UTC)

We have reached out to the Australian embassy in Washington, D.C., and will add any relevant information they provide us.

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Marlo Lee is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.S. in Biology. Her interest in fact checking started in college, when she realized how important it became in American politics. She lives in Maryland.

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