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End of Public Comment Period for Keystone XL Pipeline Environmental Impact Review

Environmental organizations are making their final push for members to submit comments against the Keystone XL Pipeline as public comment period comes to a close following State Department's initial draft review of the environmental impact of the controversial pipeline, which was released for public scrutiny in March.  The pipeline would be owned and operated by the Canadian company TransCanada, a would bring crude oil extracted from Canadian tar sands to US oil refineries in the Gulf region.  


TransCanada was denied a permit for a pipeline in 2012, and has re-submitted its application with a new proposed route away from the ecologically sensitive Sandhills region of Nebraska.


According to the League of Conservation Voters: 

The initial draft of this [environmental impact] review was completely off-base, downplaying the risks of spills and the devastating impact that this dirty oil would have in fueling climate change.


They have created a form to submit comments to the State Department against the pipeline.


The group Environment America is joining other organizations to deliver 1 million comments urging the Obama administration to reject the Keystone XL between today and Earth Day, pointing out that the tar sands oil carried by the pipeline would emit as much global warming pollution as 51 coal fired power plants..    Here's where you can add you name to their petition.




Meanwhile the State Department is holding its lone public hearing on the latest Keystone XL proposal on Thursday, April 18th, in the town of Grand Island, Nebraska, where many residents are opposed to the pipeline.


The State Department is expected to issue its decision this summer, likely in July.