By Anthony Swift | NRDC
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The U.S. State Department has recently indicated that it will issue a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline “in the near future.” While TransCanada has asked for a rubber stamp process than only evaluates a minor route change in Nebraska, concerned Americans and the environment community have made their expectations of the environmental review process clear. In July, NRDC joined a coalition of environmental organizations submitted comments explaining the need for a broad environmental review for Keystone XL to address significant changes in the project, new information, and address gaps in the prior review. NRDC and 350.org have also released a list of the top five issues that the new environmental review should cover. Fortunately, State has already committed to consider all relevant issues – specifically including climate change.