The U.S. Department of State is releasing the final version of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline project today.
The final EIS does not represent a decision on TransCanada’s permit application to build a 1,700-mile oil pipeline from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf Coast. Rather, the final EIS is an environmental and safety analysis of the proposed project, developed to inform the decision. The data in the EIS will be used along with additional input to determine whether the Keystone XL project is in the national interest.
The Department will now begin a 90-day consultation period with eight cooperating federal agencies before making a decision on the Presidential Permit.
During late September and early October, the Department also will host a series of nine public meetings around the United States to give individuals an opportunity to voice their views on whether granting or denying a Presidential Permit for the pipeline would be in the national interest. The meeting schedule is as follows:
Monday September 26, 2011
Port Arthur, Texas, 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Topeka, Kansas, 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm and 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday September 27, 2011
Glendive, Montana, 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Lincoln, Nebraska, 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm and 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Wednesday September 28, 2011
Austin, Texas, 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm and 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday September 29, 2011
Pierre, South Dakota, 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm and 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Atkinson, Nebraska, 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday September 30, 2011
Midwest City, Oklahoma, 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday October 7, 2011
Washington, DC, time and location to be announced
The Executive Summary of the final EIS, the final EIS, and additional details about these meetings (including meeting venues) are available on the Department’s website: www.keystonepipeline-xl.state.gov.
In conjunction with these public meetings, the Department will be accepting public comments now through midnight on October 9. Details about how to submit comments are also given on the State Department’s website.