News Outlets Highlight State Department Report Showing Keystone XL Pipeline Would Have Minimal Impact on Environment

March 4, 2013

After More Than Four Years, It’s #TimeToBuild

Last Friday afternoon, the State Department released its Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Keystone XL pipeline, which includes the proposed new route through Nebraska. The State Department’s review confirmed that the pipeline will have negligible effects on the environment. The report suggests that if the pipeline is not built, Canada’s crude oil would still be developed and transported by rail or tanker.

Keystone XL is a $7 billion private, shovel-ready project that will create thousands of middle class jobs and deliver nearly a million additional barrels per day of secure North American oil supplies to U.S. refineries. The pipeline has endured over four years of review, and the SEIS findings should address any lasting concerns that this pipeline is safe and should be approved. After more than four years, 1,627 days, it is #TimeToBuild the Keystone XL pipeline for jobs and energy security.

 

Keystone XL Pipeline Does Little Environmental Harm, US Finds

March 1, 2013

The Obama administration today moved one step closer to approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, concluding in a draft environmental impact statement that the project would not accelerate global greenhouse gas emissions or significantly harm the natural habitats along its route. …

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Keystone XL supporters say report shows pipeline should be approved

March 2, 2013

… The State Department review stopped short of recommending approval of the project, but it gave the Obama administration political cover if it chooses to endorse the pipeline in the face of opposition from many Democrats and environmental groups. State Department approval of the 2,735-kilometre pipeline is needed because it crosses a U.S. border. The lengthy report says Canadian tar sands are likely to be developed, regardless of whether the U.S. approves the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil through Montana, South Dakota, Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma. …

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Keystone XL effect on environment seen as minimal, U.S. says

March 1, 2013

A long-awaited State Department review of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline released Friday concludes that he project would have minimal impact on the environment, increasing the chances it could be approved in the coming months. The State Department underscored that the study, a supplemental environmental impact statement, is a draft and that it does not offer recommendations for action on the $7-billion project, which would bring petroleum from the oil sands of Alberta, Canada, to refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Nonetheless, the review says, "The analyses of potential impacts associated with construction and normal operation of the proposed project suggest that there would be no significant impacts to most resources along the proposed project route.” …

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State Dept: Keystone XL would have small impact on climate, tar sands

March 1, 2013

… The big takeaway: The State Department concluded that either blocking or approving the Keystone XL pipeline would have a small impact on overall greenhouse-gas emissions and future tar-sands expansions. That’s because, in its view, most of Alberta’s oil will find a way to get to the market anyway — if not by pipeline, then by rail. …

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