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State Department Releases Draft of Keystone XL Impact Report

TransCanada submitted a new application for the Keystone XL Project on May 4, 2012. On March 1, 2013 the State Department released a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Draft SEIS) for the proposed project that is consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Kerri-Ann Jones says that more public comment is needed before a final recommendation is made.

The proposed Keystone XL project consists of a 875-mile long pipeline and related facilities to transport up to 830,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil from Alberta, Canada and the Bakken Shale Formation in Montana. The pipeline would cross the U.S. border near Morgan, MT and continue through Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska where it would connect to existing pipeline facilities near Steele City, NE for onward delivery to Cushing, OK and the Texas Gulf Coast region.

This Draft SEIS presents an impact assessment that, where appropriate, draws upon the analysis released in August 2011 for the 2008 application. The Draft SEIS analyzes the newly proposed route, and presents expanded and updated information, especially with regard to the revised proposed route through Nebraska, as well as significant new circumstances or information that is now available for the entire route.

Following the receipt and publication of the May 2012 application, the Department asked for public comment on the scope of the Draft SEIS. These comments, as well as comments from other government agencies, were taken into consideration within the Draft SEIS.

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