Tell EPA to step in to ensure Keystone XL southern segment has thorough review

In less than 45 days, Canadian oil giant TransCanada could receive the rubber stamp it needs to build the southern leg of the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline from Oklahoma through Texas to the Gulf Coast — unless we convince the Environmental Protection Agency to intervene.

 

News broke last week that,in addition to submitting its re-application to the State Department for the transboundary, northern half of its pipeline,TransCanada has also submitted its application for the only federal permit it needs to start building the southern half — a water permit from the Army Corps of Engineers. The Army Corps of Engineers, which has an abysmal environmental track record, has a maximum of 45 days to approve or reject TransCanada’s application. Or, if they do nothing it will be approved by default.

 

The EPA regional office already objected to this fast-tracked approval process — and pressure from you will help convince EPA headquarters to stop it.

 

Please sign the letter to tell EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to prevent the rubber-stamping of the Keystone XL pipeline through Oklahoma and Texas here:  salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/455/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=10407&tag=epataf

 

Tell EPA to step in to ensure Keystone XL southern segment has thorough review.

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5 thoughts on “Tell EPA to step in to ensure Keystone XL southern segment has thorough review”

  1. BUFFALO, NY—The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in a coordinated response between the Pittsburgh, Buffalo and New York districts, Jan. 20, denied without prejudice a permit application by the Millennium Pipeline Company to construct an underground natural gas pipeline across southern New York.

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  2. The application comes at the same time that Republicans in Congress have been pushing a provision to approve the full Keystone XL tar sands pipeline in the transportation bill that will go into conference next week. We’ve heard loud and clear from the Senate that Keystone XL approval does not belong in the transportation bill or in Congressional hands at all and the President has threatened to veto the bill if approval of Keystone XL is included. The fact that TransCanada is moving ahead with its applications for the northern and southern segments of the project is another indication that Congress should let the normal permitting process – with its environmental review and space for public input – move forward.

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