State department puts the brakes on Keystone XL pipeline

Good news: The State Department announced today that it is reevaluating the environmental review of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline project. The reevaluation will include consideration of rerouting the pipeline to avoid sensitive ecological areas in Nebraska. An alternative route would require a new environmental impact statement and would delay a final decision on the tar sands pipeline for as long as 18 months.

Now this doesn't mean the project is done- it's simply a reevaluation. But still, it's something.

In response, Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club, issued the following statement:

The mere fact that the State Department is slowing down and taking a look at the dirty Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is hugely encouraging. We commend President Obama for listening to the American people and putting the brakes on what would have been a disaster for millions of Americans who want clean air, clean water and good health for their families. Down To Earth posts


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