Pipeline Keystone XL: in the hands of Washington

On Friday the U.S. State Department is expected to release its latest study of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project put forward by TransCanada and environmentalists are almost certain that the report will give the green light to the controversial project.

Environmental groups wanted the State Department officials are examining the possibility that the pipeline can be moved to avoid environmentally sensitive areas in the U.S. Midwest, and check if these pipelines are prone to leaks.

There is no way of knowing if these studies were conducted, said Danielle Droitsch, Senior Advisor in the National Resources Defense Council. She said although the report expected range to TransCanada, however, the oil company will deal with other obstacles.

The expected publication of the study comes after a campaign of civil disobedience organized two weeks outside the White House by activists anti-pipeline.

Over 250 people including Canadian actress Margot Kidder were arrested as they try to convince U.S. President Barack Obama to block the proposed $ 7 billion. This project would negotiate the crude from Alberta oil sands by Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklohoma, and finally Texas refineries on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

Canadian environmentalists expect a similar campaign in Ottawa next month. Greenpeace Canada, the Council of Canadians and the Indigenous Environmental Network will lead a civil disobedience campaign on Parliament Hill on September 26.

After filing the report, President Obama will have 90 days to decide whether the approval of the pipeline promotes the national interest.




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