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State Department: No Major Environmental Impact From Keystone Pipeline

Demonstrators march with a replica of a pipeline during a protest to demand a stop to the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline outside the White House, in Washington, Nov. 6, 2011.Demonstrators march with a replica of a pipeline during a protest to demand a stop to the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline outside the White House, in Washington, Nov. 6, 2011.
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Demonstrators march with a replica of a pipeline during a protest to demand a stop to the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline outside the White House, in Washington, Nov. 6, 2011.
Demonstrators march with a replica of a pipeline during a protest to demand a stop to the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline outside the White House, in Washington, Nov. 6, 2011.
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A U.S. State Department study says a new proposed route for the Canada-to-Texas Keystone oil pipeline would have no significant impact on the environment, but did not recommend whether it should be built.

The 2,000 page report Friday on a new route for the pipeline said if TransCanada, the company that will build the pipeline, follows all regulations, there would be no major additional risks to the environment.

The State Department says it will hold off making a recommendation on whether the project should go forward until after a 45-day public comment period.

The Obama administration rejected an earlier proposed route for the pipeline because it would have gone through the environmentally-sensitive Sand Hills region of Nebraska.

The proposed 2,700-kilometer-long pipeline would carry more than 800,000 barrels extracted from the "oil sands" of Alberta, Canada, to the Texas Gulf Coast.

Environmentalists want to stop the project, saying the process of extracting the Canadian oil is much dirtier than regular crude.

The Natural Resources Defense Council said the State Department report had numerous flaws. It says the report avoids the significant implications the project would have on the environment.

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by: G. L. Stephenson from: London, Ontario, Canada
March 02, 2013 3:33 PM
It is difficult to comprehend the existing "go slow" approach to the Keystone pipeline. Especially when jobs will be created and particularly the environment will not suffer. President Obama's non decisive approach is not defensible.

by: Davis K. Thanjan from: New York
March 02, 2013 10:04 AM
It is encouraging that the State Department found out that the Keystone Pipeline has no significant environmental impact. The State Department is again putting hurdles and delays to approve the pipeline, following the leadership of President Obama. While hundreds of thousands of federal employees are under threat of furlough, President Obama is missing the opportunity to create jobs for thousands of people.

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