US says no significant impact from Keystone pipeline

January 31, 2014
People demonstrate against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline on November 19, 2013 in Washington

The US State Department released a much-anticipated environmental review Friday of a controversial oil pipeline project from Canada, raising no major objections to the plan.

"The analyses of potential impacts associated with construction and normal operation of the proposed project suggest that significant impacts to most resources are not expected along the proposed project route," the huge report said about the Keystone pipeline.

The Keystone XL project is intended to carry heavy crude from Alberta's oil sands south to Texas refineries, but it has been long delayed amid concerns that it could damage sensitive wetlands and endangered species.

But the final environmental review by the State Department insisted that TransCanada, which operates oil and gas pipelines in North America, has pledged to comply with all laws and regulations.

"Keystone would incorporate the mitigation measures that are required in permits issued by environmental permitting agencies into the construction, operation, and maintenance of the proposed project," the report said.

US President Barack Obama is now expected to decide later this year whether to greenlight the $5.3 billion, 1,179-mile (1,897-kilometer) pipeline, first proposed back in 2008.

More than 1.9 million comments to the draft impact assessment have been sifted through to arrive at the final report, which was described as a "technical" document which makes no decisions.

There will now be a 90-day consultation for all government agencies, including a recommendation from US Secretary of State John Kerry.

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1 / 5 (2) Jan 31, 2014
Let the Gringos freeze in the dark or roast in the sun. The bitumen doesn't belong to them.

The Bitumen extraction and refining process is a severe environment disaster no matter where it is shipped to -- Texas, China, Japan, Louisiana. That being so and considering that most predictable large scale future economic growth is in China and Asia, Canada would be well advised to scrap the Keystone project and build the pipeline to refineries that can be built on British Columbia/Canada's west coast, like the project proposed by media magnate David Black. That would create thousands upon thousands of permanent Canadian jobs, make Canada a giant fossil fuel player much like Australia is a giant coal, iron and minerals provider to China/Asia, and allows Canada to control its economic and political destiny rather than being a stunted tail attached to the voracious American superpower that considers Canada a weak northern outpost.

It is time for Canada to take control of its destiny rather than being a ragged American puppet.
1 / 5 (1) Jan 31, 2014
Bitumen will increase ocean acidification furthering stress upon the oceans. The US only reports these lies as a mouthpiece for the corporations. Everyone loses except the four horsemen (Big Energy.)
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One burst pipe and all goodwill will disappear

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