Montana Keystone XL certificate now available
Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality recently issued a certificate under the state’s Major Facilities Siting Act, granting TransCanada authority to construct the Montana leg of Keystone XL once all other permits and permissions are in place. People in downstream states may be interested in many representations that TransCanada made to the state of Montana to get its certificate – measures it hasn’t been willing to commit to in states with no siting law to use as leverage. For example, in Montana, TransCanada will use dry trenching, horizontal directional drilling, or horizontal boring under stream beds anywhere water is present. These measures, if performed correctly and consistently, will reduce stream impacts, which were severe at some points along the Keystone I construction route.
Landowners and locals: print out the Montana certificate conditions and demand at least as good a deal as Montana got. In writing. You deserve better, but you certainly shouldn’t settle for anything less.