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U.S. Canada Pipeline Moving Forward After Environmental Review

The Canada to U.S. pipeline for moving crude oil from Alberta to Texas is moving forward a little after an environmental review, but final approval has not yet been given.

The Canada to U.S. pipeline for moving crude oil from Alberta to Texas is moving forward a little after an environmental review, but final approval has not yet been given.

On Friday the United States State Department issued a statement about the environmental impact that a pipeline stretching all the way from the Oil Sands in western Canada to Texas and the Gulf Coast, in which it noted that the construction and operation of such a 1700 mile pipeline will have “limited adverse environmental impacts”.

Although this assessment moves the project forward, it is by no means a green light to the project. A final decision on a permit to allow the Keystone XL pipeline to go ahead is expected to be reached by the end of this year. If it does go ahead, it would be the longest oil pipeline excluding China and Russia.

During the past week, there have been protests at the White House against the project and there have been a few hundred arrests of activists made so far.

State Assistant Secretary for Oceans, Environment and Science Kerri-Ann Jones noted that along the proposed pipeline corridor, there would be no significant impact to most resources. However, TransCanada, the pipeline sponsor is prepared to work with American Indian tribes to monitor and minimize the impact of the project on their culture’s resources, and on the American burying beetle which is an endangered species.

The proposed pipeline could carry as many as 500,000 barrels of crude oil each day from the Oil Sands in Alberta, Canada to the United States’ Gulf Coast, but there are concerns from environmentalists in both countries on the impact that the extraction of this oil would have on emissions which have been linked to climate change.

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