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U.S. State Department Delays Keystone XL Decision

July 27, 2010

Cross section of Keystone XL pipe

The U.S. State Department has delayed its decision whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, to give federal agencies more time to consider the project’s environmental effects.

This follows the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency informing the State Department that it thought the project’s environmental analysis was “inadequate.”

The U.S. Department of Energy has also asked the State Department for changes to the project’s environmental impact analysis.

Here’s a review of what’s happening on the project, including an explanation of how the White House could become involved.

On the more local front, Senator Mike Johanns of Nebraska is also questioning the project.

All of this questioning comes at a time when there has been another oil pipeline spill in the U.S., polluting the Kalamazoo River in Michigan. According to the Associated Press, more than 800,000 gallons of oil have spilled. More on yesterday’s spill and the cleanup here.

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  1. The Destructionist permalink
    July 29, 2010 8:12 pm

    On Monday night (July 26) an oil pipeline – owned by Enbridge Energy Inc. – burst and spilled over 1,000,000+ gallons of crude into the Kalamazoo River near Battle Creek, Michigan. Michiganders are scrambling to stop the flow from getting into Lake Michigan, but I fear their efforts are in vain.

    According to the latest local news reports, it seems that Enbridge was slow to react to the emergency, while under reporting the actual amount of oil that was leaked into the river. Since Monday, the situation has grown even worse. Birds and other animal wildlife, coated with oil, have been found. People living along the river have been warned to evacuate the area along the river way and not to drink their well water for fear of contamination.

    1,000,000+ gallons of oil may not sound like much to some, considering the amount of oil now floating just underwater in the Gulf of Mexico, but in such a confined area – like the Kalamazoo River – that amount is devastating. As the oil continues to flow west, it will soon reach Lake Michigan, affecting the drinking water of millions of people, killing all wildlife, and despoiling the true beauty of the great lake.

    I’m really starting to believe that corporations don’t give a damn about anything other than their profits. As I stated in one of my previous blog posts (Who Put Corporations in Charge?), “…what good is money, after all, if you don’t have air to breathe, water to drink, or food to eat without fear of contamination?”

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