Public Comments on the TransCanada Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement

June 07, 2011

These comments, submitted to the State Department on June 6, 2011 by Sierra Club, NRDC, and other groups detail our concerns about the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, and about the deficiencies in the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Key areas of concern include the State Department’s inadequate consideration of greenhouse gas emissions, pipeline safety, environmental justice issues in refinery communities, and alternative routes that avoid the Ogallala Aquifer and Nebraska Sandhills. This pipeline would bring up to 900,000 barrels per day of dirty, high-carbon tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast. The State Department should not grant a Presidential Permit for this project as it is not in the national interest.