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Urge State Department to Oppose Keystone XL

August 28, 2010

Our friends at Nebraskans for Peace remind us that the U.S. State Department has extended its review the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline through September 15. The official public comment period ended July 2, but the State Department extended the review period for federal agencies to submit comment after the EPA declared the draft environmental impact statement “inadequate.” Keystone XL has also drawn opposition from key lawmakers like Congressman Henry Waxman of California, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Nebraskans for Peace says the following:

With the recent oil spills (BP’s disaster in the Gulf and Enbridge’s Kalamazoo pipeline rupture in Michigan), it is clear that current federal regulations are not strict enough to safeguard drinking and agricultural water from the Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline would cross 71 rivers and streams as well as the Ogallala Aquifer, which provides life-giving water to eight states and supports one-fifth of the wheat, corn, cotton, and cattle produced in the United States. Unless stopped, the Keystone XL pipeline will travel 1700 miles from Canada to refineries near Houston putting water supplies and the environment at risk.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has extended the Keystone XL comment period until September 15, 2010. Because the Keystone XL pipeline crosses the US-Canadian border, a Presidential Permit is required from the U.S. Department of State.

The Environmental Protection Agency recently gave the State Department’s draft analysis of the proposed pipeline’s environmental impacts a failing grade, in part because it failed to address the dangers the pipeline would pose to communities along its path. Fifty members of Congress submitted a letter to Secretary of State Clinton to press her and the Obama administration not to rush to approve a new tar sands oil pipeline.

Deadline:  September 15, 2010

Please express your views by writing, calling or emailing Madam Secretary at:

The Honorable Hillary Clinton
Secretary of State
2201 C Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20520

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