State Department Takes Positive Next Step on Keystone XL

Aug 26, 2011

Keystone XL mapHere is some good news for improving America's energy security. Today, the State Department released its Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Keystone XL pipeline.

Matt Koch, vice president of The Institute for 21st Century Energy, called it an "important step in the approval process." He added,

The report confirms what the State Department had previously determined—that the construction and operation of Keystone XL will have a limited adverse impact on the environment. While some have sought to politicize this process, the facts in the EIS speak for themselves.

The question before us is not whether Canada will develop its oil sands resources. We know that they will. The question is whether the U.S. imports more oil from Canada, a reliable ally, or from other nations overseas who may not share our values.

This news will disappoint anti-energy activists who have gotten arrested in Washington, DC, during the last few weeks. But it's good news for those workers who would be employed because of the project and for the American economy that would be less reliant on overseas oil.

The Institute's Partnership to Fuel America, comprised of American businesses that understand that Canada’s energy resources can help the U.S. meet its growing energy demands, is promoting the benefits of Canadian oil sands investment and critical North American energy projects like the Keystone XL pipeline. Koch wants the "business community to be actively engaged in the public comment process, and we look forward to the State Department’s ‘national interest’ assessment, which will clear the way for a construction permit to be issued."

[Map via U.S. State Department.]

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