Advocate: Pipeline review pays ‘lip service’ to safety

The State Department released a supplemental environmental review of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline today, essentially restating the findings of the first report.

Here are links to an executive summary of the report (PDF) and the report itself (WARNING: HUGE PDF!).

The Lincoln Journal Star says the report argues against moving the pipeline’s route away from the Sand Hills, a fragile ecological area that lies above the Ogallala aquifer, a major source of drinking and irrigation water for Nebraska and neighboring states.

In an emailed statement, Susan Casey-Lefkowitz of the Natural Resources Defense Council, a group that has opposed the Keystone XL project, says the new review is “as inadequate as their first go-round.”

The State Department is “merely paying lip service to critical issues such as pipeline safety, the routing over the Ogallala Aquifer, and environmental justice around refineries,” she wrote.

A comment period on the new review begins April 22 and runs through June 6.

UPDATE: Alberta blogger Andrew Leach says the report diminishes the climate change case against the oil sands.

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