ExxonMobil hasn’t yet released the final number on how many barrels of tar-sands oil was spilled in Arkansas over the weekend, though the leak near the town of Mayflower prompted evacuation of homes and the closing of an interstate expressway. Clean-up continues on what appears to be the largest pipeline spill since an Enbridge pipeline in Wisconsin burst last summer. In light of such accidents, we at Green America see the recent State Department report downplaying the environmental effects of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline as dangerously flawed. Some in Congress agree: “Whether it’s the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, or … (the) mess in Arkansas, Americans are realizing that transporting large amounts of this corrosive and polluting fuel is a bad deal for American taxpayers and for our environment,” said Representative Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat. In fact, the danger comes not just from pipelines. Last Wednesday, a train carrying tar-sands crude derailed in Minnesota, spilling 15,000 gallons. To avoid these disastrous spills, and the terrible impact on the climate, please urge President Obama today to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.
On Friday, the State Department released its Supplementary Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) on the proposed Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline, making the claim that KXL will not “likely result in significant adverse environmental effects.” The report makes this claim, in part, by relying on the assumption that tar sands will be mined and burned anyway, regardless of whether the US allows […]