Comment Period Almost up for Keystone XL Pipeline

Landowners who may be affected by construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline have only a day left for public comment unless the State Department extends the comment period, as requested by several resource council groups.

Time is running out for landowners to participate in a key phase of the permit process for a proposed new pipeline that could result in eminent domain proceedings against them. Unless the U.S. State Department grants an extension, December 4 is the deadline for public comment on TransCanada’s application for the Presidential Permit required to build the Keystone XL pipeline, which would move tar sands crude oil from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf Coast.

See the full article from Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC) here.


2 responses

  1. FYI, that’s for the Keystone XL pipeline through western SD. The first Keystone pipeline through eastern SD is already under construction.

  2. I understand that one of the state department officials involved sent WORC an email that describes the public comment received so far as “spam.”

    There is a big struggle going on right now to get the extension. The state department keeps saying that the public has through the summer to comment, but the problem is that the summer deadline will be for the environmental review, not for this presidential permit. The presidential permit involves different issues than the environmental review, such as the alleged need for the project and its financing. Unless the deadline is extended, the ability to comment on those issues and have the state department be required to pay attention to what you said ends on Dec. 4.

    It’s also important to remember that Keystone XL is for tar sands crude oil, which costs a lot more per barrel to profitably produce than the current going rate. This means if we get hooked on the stuff, we’ll be locked into gas prices that considerably higher than what we’re paying now. Looking into the future a few years, we’d all be a lot better off with greater access to high fuel-efficiency vehicles instead. For instance, the the tax credit people get for buying an exotic hybrid vehicle could be extended to folks buying plain vanilla high fuel-efficiency vehicles, and the Big 3 automakers could be required to produce higher fuel-efficiency vehicles as a condition of any bailout they received.

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