EPA Criticizes State Department’s Keystone XL Pipeline Conclusions – 4 February 2015

RT logoThe Environmental Protection Agency said that despite the State Department’s evaluation of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, it does present a “risk of spills,” pollution, and could contribute to global warming.

Specifically, the EPA sent a letter to the State Department acknowledging the important commitment that the company behind the pipeline, TransCanada, made to being “responsible for clean-up and restoration of groundwater as well as surface water” in the event of a spill. However, the agency said it is concerned over the State Department’s conclusion that the pipeline does pose an oil spill risk.

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The EPA added that the development of Canada’s oil sands “represents a significant increase in greenhouse gas emissions.” Falling oil prices could also “result in increased oil sands production,” leading to more air pollution, the department said.

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