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Supplemental EIS in the Works?

January 11, 2011

Platts news service reports that the U.S. State Department is contemplating a supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Keystone XL pipeline. The news seems to have come from U.S. Senator Mike Johanns’ (R-Neb.) office. Johanns’ spokesperson expresses hope that a supplemental EIS would lead to reconsideration of alternative routes away from the Ogallala Aquifer.

In a letter to Johanns’ office last week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said her staff “have not yet determined whether the next version of the EIS will be a supplemental draft EIS or a final EIS.” This is the first time, to our knowledge, that Clinton has publicly referenced the possibility of a supplemental EIS. TransCanada is holding firm with its story that the presidential permit will be issued by summer 2011. Plains Justice Staff Attorney Paul Blackburn is also quoted about the timeline associated with a supplemental EIS.

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