A small victory was won in the battle to stop the devastation of Alberta tar sands development: the EPA officially weighed in on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, calling the project’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement inadequate and raising serious concerns about the environmental review.
The 1700 mile XL pipeline would extend the tentacles of Canadian tar sands development from Alberta to the Texas gulf, cutting across the U.S. heartland. According to the EPA’s comments, pipeline safety, spill response and impacts on First Nations communities in Canada all need further research and assessment, and much more information is needed about the green house gas implications and the need for such a dirty fuels project.
The EPA’s sharp criticism of the DEIS is being called a ‘game changer’ that could slow the decision making process and potentially impact whether the pipeline is permitted.
Here is a link to an article covering the issue in more detail:
New York Times