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State Department Announces Keystone XL Comments Published

On May 23, 2013, the Department of State posted the first set of approximately 100,000 comments, out of the more than 1.2 million received, on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to, a public website. This marks the first time the Department has made all individual comments on a Presidential Permit application available to the public. The Department decided to post these comments as part of its continued effort to maximize transparency in the federal Presidential Permit review process. View the comments.

The Department of State received an unprecedented number of comments on the Keystone XL Draft SEIS from members of the public, federal and state agencies and representatives, Native American tribes, non-governmental organizations, and other parties. The Department plans to post subsequent sets of comments of a similar size weekly. All comments will be posted prior to completion of the Final SEIS. The Department is evaluating these comments to ensure that this input is taken into consideration as it  prepares the Final SEIS. For more information, contact Imani Esparza.

Find out more about Keystone XL's application to the State Department.

Tar Sands

Tar sands oil is the most toxic fossil fuel on the planet that leaves in its wake scarred landscapes and a web of pipelines and polluting refineries all while delaying our transition to a clean energy economy.  Find out more about tar sands in these reports.

Hydrology Report: Effects of Keystone XL Pipeline Leak into Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer 



Toxic Tar Sands Pipelines Safety Risks 


Toxic Tar Sands: Profiles from the Front Lines
Online | PDF

Toxic Tar Sands Oil: An Assault on American Water, Air, Health and Jobs
Online | PDF

Tar Sands Invasion
Standard | High Resolution


Ethanol USA

Dennis Keeney, an Iowa State University emeritus professor in the Department of Agronomy and Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering, has published an article in Environmental Science & Technology about environmental, social and food issues resulting from the rapidly expanding ethanol-from-corn industry.  You can read the article here...








Last Updated 06.12.13

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Oil Shale/Tar Sands Guide--An online guide to oil shale and tar sands resources with photos, maps, and links from the Bureau of Land Management.


Drawing a Line in the Tar Sands - Bill McKibbin, Yale Environment 360


New Application Is Submitted for Keystone Pipeline - New York Times, 5/4/12


Keystone XL pipeline would screw over farmers, threaten aquifer - Grist 7/17/11


Pipeline Plans Meet Growing Resistance -  Sioux Falls (SD) Argus Leader, 10/29/11


The Top-10 Myths Vs. Facts About Keystone XL -- National Wildlife Federation, 11/3/11




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