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More than 60,000 pledge to protest Keystone XL pipeline

Keywords: Tags  TransCanada, Keystone XL, protest, disobedience pledge, easements, national interest determination, Thorsten Schier

NEW YORK — More than 60,000 people have signed a pledge to "engage in acts of dignified, peaceful civil disobedience," which could result in their arrest, if the Obama administration approves TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline, according to activist organization Credo Action.

The administration’s draft national interest determination will be made 90 days after the final supplemental environmental impact statement is released by the State Department, with Credo expecting the decision "sometime in the fall."

The State Department released the draft supplemental environmental impact statement on the revised Keystone XL route in early March (, March 4).

San Francisco-based Credo said that a protest by 1,253 people in Washington over the course of two weeks in August 2011 had "effectively stopped what was considered a virtually guaranteed presidential approval of Keystone XL."

Meanwhile, TransCanada has begun deregistering easements it had acquired for its original proposed route for Keystone XL in Nebraska, the company said June 12.

"We have received approval for a different route and can now begin the work that is necessary to deregister easement agreements that are no longer required," Corey Goulet, vice president of Keystone projects, said in a statement, adding that the Calgary, Alberta-based company also is beginning the process of obtaining easements for its new route.

The deregistering process "will not require any work on behalf of the impacted landowners"—288 landowners who control 367 properties, as well as 58 temporary work space agreements—who will be allowed to keep payments already made to them, Goulet said.

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