Plains Justice Wants Answers
Plains Justice staff attorney Paul Blackburn has been working long and hard at uncovering the truths behind the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Through Blackburns’s hard work and diligence Plains Justice has been able to take the lead on uncovering what emergency response system will be used. Recently, Plains Justice sent out a Freedom of Information Act Appeal to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to try to gain further information about safety precautions that will be set in place if the Keystone XL is approved by the US State Department. On January 31, Plains Justice also sent out a Press Release to let the public know that it has been trying to gain this intelligence and has had difficulty getting any information from PHMSA.
If the Keystone XL pipeline is approved, it will run from Alberta, Canada through the middle of the United States to Texas refineries. TransCanada, the oil company that will be operating the pipeline, claims it will be one of the safest pipelines ever constructed. Blackburn has been able to show that there are a lot of environmental wrong doings that will come from the construction of the Keystone XL and wants the public to be aware of the safety issues before construction begins. He, along with many other environmental advocacy groups and several members of Congress, believe that an adequate and public emergency response system needs to be in place before approval for the pipeline can be given.