News of Note
State Department Releases Final Environmental Assessment Of Keystone Pipeline
Alex McLamb and Clint Long
The U.S. Department of State (the Department) released its Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Keystone XL pipeline on January 31. The Department determined that the pipeline, which could send up to 830,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada to the Gulf Coast, would have little effect on carbon pollution and extraction rates. In the wake of the report, both advocates and opponents of the pipeline have continued to lobby the Obama Administration. Before President Obama makes a decision on the project, Secretary of State John Kerry will consult with relevant government agencies and offer his recommendation.