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.
administrations 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 (
amm.com, March 4).
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."
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.
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 agreementswho will be
allowed to keep payments already made to them, Goulet said.