03 Sep '11, 5pm

Wondering what a broken #tarsands pipeline looks like?

Wondering what a broken #tarsands pipeline looks like?

The U.S. State Department released its final environmental assessment (pdf ) today of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry tar sands crude from Canada, across the Great Plains (and much of the Midwest’s drinking water) to oil refineries in Texas. How controversial is Keystone XL? Enough that hundreds of people have been arrested in front of the White House this week to protest it. Yet you wouldn’t know that it’s been called "a horror" or "a fifteen hundred mile fuse to the biggest carbon bomb on the continent" from the State Department’s environmental impact statement. The EIS is full of favorable language that would appear to remove any significant hurdles to approval of the pipeline. As part of the permitting process, today begins a 90-day public comment period on the project, before an official State Department decision on whether the project is "in...

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