N.Y. Times: U.S. Report Sees No Environmental Bar to Keystone Pipeline (Source): WASHINGTON — The State Department issued a revised environmental impact statement for the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, which makes no recommendation about whether the project should be built but presents no conclusive environmental reason it should not be.
NPR: State Department Finds No Major Objections To Keystone XL Pipeline Proposal (Source)
Washington Post: Keystone XL pipeline would have little impact on climate change, State Department analysis says: The State Department released a draft environmental impact assessment of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline Friday afternoon, suggesting the project would have little impact on climate change. (Source)
CBC News | Canada: Keystone XL won’t impact oilsands growth, U.S. State Dept. says (Source)
Breitbart: Environmentalists Fret over Obama Admin Keystone Report (Source)
Consumer Energy Alliance Executive Vice-President, Michael Whatley, celebrated the report, saying it “refutes” claims by opponents of Keystone; he urged the quick approval of a cross-border permit to get the project underway.
For months project opponents have tried to convince the public that moving forward with the pipeline would sacrifice our environment to the benefit of our economy. The draft SEIS from the State Department clearly refutes this false choice.
The document clearly shows the project will have minimal environmental impacts when TransCanada implements its proposed project Construction, Mitigation and Reclamation plan (CMRP) and refutes project opponents’ claims that the project will increase carbon emissions from oil sands development.
Washington Times: State Department report paves way for Keystone; environmental backlash grows (Source)
While environmental groups are trashing the study, pro-U.S. energy independence groups have found themselves in a new position: applauding the administration for what they view as a job well done.
“The document clearly shows the project will have minimal environmental impacts,” said Michael Whatley, executive vice president of the Consumer Energy Alliance, adding that the study is “one of the most thorough and pragmatic project reviews in our nation’s history.”
He also said the report “clearly refutes this false choice” put forth by environmentalists that either the White House will safeguard the environment or build the pipeline.
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