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WASHINGTON — The State Department announced Friday that construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline is unlikely to have a significant impact on climate change, a finding that could open the door for President Barack Obama to approve the controversial project.
The 1,700-mile pipeline would bring oil from the Alberta oil sands in Canada to U.S. refineries on the Gulf Coast. The Congressional Research Service has estimated that crude oil from the sands could produce 14 percent to 20 percent more planet-warming gases than the average oil in U.S. refineries.
But the State Department said Friday that denying the pipeline wouldn’t stop the Canadian oil from getting to market by rail or construction of other new pipelines.Read more The State.
Based on information and analysis about the North American crude transport infrastructure (particularly the proven ability of rail to transport substantial quantities of crude oil profitably under current market conditions, and to add capacity relatively rapidly) and the global crude oil market, the draft Supplemental EIS concludes that approval or denial of the proposed Project is unlikely to have a substantial impact on the rate of development in the oil sands, or on the amount of heavy crude oil refined in the Gulf Coast area…Spills associated with the proposed Project that enter the environment are expected to be rare and relatively small.
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0.1 Volume I Front Cover [155 Kb] 0.2 Volume I Title Page [1897 Kb] 0.3 Volume I Table of Contents [425 Kb] 1.0 Introduction [40 Kb] 1.1 Background [541 Kb] 1.2 Overview of Proposed Project [1425 Kb] 1.3 Purpose and Need [66 Kb] 1.4 Market Analysis [3911 Kb] 1.5 Agency Participation [89 Kb] 1.6 Tribal and SHPO Consultation [39 Kb] 1.7 Environmental Review of Canadian Portion [39 Kb] 1.8 Preparation of Publication [141 Kb] 1.9 Permits, Approvals, and Regulatory Requirements [122 Kb] 2.0 Description of the Proposed Project and Alternatives [1861 Kb] 2.1 Overview of the Proposed Project [8887 Kb] 2.2 Description of Reasonable Alternatives [2628 Kb] 3.0 Affected Environment [33 Kb] 3.1 Geology [7597 Kb] 3.2 Soils [2016 Kb] 3.3 Water Resources [7089 Kb] 3.4 Wetlands [2176 Kb] 3.5 Terrestrial Vegetation [1993 Kb] 3.6 Wildlife [251 Kb] 3.7 Fisheries [178 Kb] 3.8 Threatened and Endangered Species and Species of Conservation Concern [1465 Kb] 3.9 Land Use, Recreation, and Visual Resources [153 Kb] 3.10 Socioeconomics [1450 Kb] 3.11 Cultural Resources [524 Kb] 3.12 Air Quality and Noise [546 Kb] 3.13 Potential Releases [311 Kb]
0.1 Volume II Front Cover [155 Kb] 0.2 Volume II Title Page [1897 Kb] 4.0 Environmental Consequences [33 Kb] 4.1 Geology [99 Kb] 4.2 Soils [119 Kb] 4.3 Water Resources [272 Kb] 4.4 Wetlands [239 Kb] 4.5 Terrestrial Vegetation [2025 Kb] 4.6 Wildlife [219 Kb] 4.7 Fisheries [184 Kb] 4.8 Threatened and Endangered Species [385 Kb] 4.9 Land Use, Recreation, and Visual Resources [222 Kb] 4.10 Socioeconomics [769 Kb] 4.11 Cultural Resources [241 Kb] 4.12 Air Quality and Noise [284 Kb] 4.13 Potential Releases [803 Kb] 4.14 Climate Change Impacts on the Proposed Project [205 Kb] 4.15 Cumulative Effects Assessment [13018 Kb] 4.16 Summary of Impacts [82 Kb] 5.0 Alternatives [45 Kb] 5.1 No Action Alternatives [641 Kb] 5.2 Route Alternatives [11094 Kb] 5.3 Comparison of Alternatives [113 Kb] 6.0 List of Preparers [58 Kb] 7.0 Distribution List [112 Kb] 8.0 Index [355 Kb]
0.1 Volume III Front Cover [155 Kb] 0.2 Volume III Title Page [1897 Kb] 0.3 Volume III Table of Contents [425 Kb] Appendix A Governor Approval of the Keystone XL Project in Nebraska [154 Kb] Appendix B PHMSA 57 Special Conditions [244 Kb] Appendix C Market Analysis Supplemental Information [1111 Kb] Appendix D 01 Waterbody Crossing Tables and Required Crossing Criteria [2073 Kb] Appendix D 02 Required Crossing Criteria for Reclamation Facilities Part 1 [6822 Kb] Appendix D 02 Required Crossing Criteria for Reclamation Facilities Part 2 [6319 Kb] Appendix D 02 Required Crossing Criteria for Reclamation Facilities Part 3 [3357 Kb] Appendix E Record of Consultation Table [237 Kb] Appendix F Scoping Summary Report [189 Kb] Appendix G Construction, Mitigation, and Reclamation Plan [7669 Kb]
0.1 Volume IV Front Cover [155 Kb] 0.2 Volume IV Title Page [1897 Kb] 0.3 Volume IV Table of Contents [425 Kb] Appendix H 2012 Biological Assessment [32574 Kb] Appendix I Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plan and ERP [3301 Kb] Appendix J Big Bend to Witten 230-kV Transmission Project Routing Report [2833 Kb] Appendix K Historical Pipeline Incident Analysis [349 Kb] Appendix L Oil and Gas Wells within 1320 ft of Proposed Right-of-Way [1735 Kb] Appendix M Soil Summary for Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska [1451 Kb] Appendix N 01 Supplemental Information for Compliance with MEPA [3728 Kb] Appendix N 02 Figures [22640 Kb] Appendix N 03 Attachments 1 2 3 [3922 Kb] Appendix O Socioeconomics [2126 Kb] Appendix P Crude Oil Material Safety Data Sheets [1951 Kb] Appendix Q Pipeline Risk Assessment and Environmental Consequence Analysis [866 Kb] Appendix R Construction Reclamation Plans and Documentation [10027 Kb] Appendix S Pipeline Temperature Effects Study [1286 Kb] Appendix T Literature Review [659 Kb] Appendix U Screening Level Oil Spill Modeling [167 Kb] Appendix V Past, Present, and Reasonably Foreseeable Future Project Descriptions [211 Kb] Appendix W Life-Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions [1008 Kb] Appendix X Canadian Environmental Assessment Act [3065 Kb] Appendix Y Pipeline Construction in Sand Hills Native Rangelands [516 Kb] Appendix Z Estimated Criteria Pollutants, Noise, and GHG Emissions [403 Kb]