TransCanada defends Keystone XL report

Apr 25, 2013 | 12:42 PM | Thorsten Schier

Tags  State Department, EPA, Environmental Protection Agency, Keystone XL, Ogallala aquifer, oil sands crude, environmental assessment, Thorsten Schier

NEW YORK — The U.S. State Department’s supplemental environmental impact statement (DSEIS) on TransCanada Corp.’s rerouted Keystone XL pipeline "strengthened the analysis presented to date" but did not adequately address potential risks, according to the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

TransCanada called the remarks "somewhat surprising," noting that the EPA had been closely involved in the pipeline’s "four-year-plus" review process.

In a letter to the State Department, the EPA expressed doubts about the DSEIS conclusion that the oil sands in Canada would be developed regardless of whether the pipeline is built (, March 4). Shipment by rail, an alternative presented by the department as viable, might actually be substantially more expensive, the EPA said, calling for "further investigation into rail capacity and cost."....

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