15 Jul '11, 7pm

Group of influential Senators calls for halt in permitting process for Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Today, a group of influential Senators wrote to the State Department calling for a halt in the Keystone XL pipeline permitting process. Senator Whitehouse led the letter, with Senators Boxer, Cardin, Lautenberg, Leahy, Menendez, and Wyden all joining to express their concerns about the proposed pipeline and its permitting process, focusing in on pipeline safety and routing issues. They question Secretary Clinton: “Does the [Department of State] intend to request a full safety assessment of the Keystone XL from the [Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration] before proceeding with a final environmental impact statement (FEIS)?” The tragic oil pipeline ruptures into the Kalamazoo River last year , and into the Yellowstone River earlier this month should make it clear that conducting assessments about pipeline safety and diluted bitumen – the corrosive substance...

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