U.S. State Department’s Latest Review of Tar Sands Pipeline Doesn’t Represent Our Best Interests
Statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter
Washington, D.C.—“We were disappointed by the U.S. State Department’s recent supplemental draft environmental impact statement of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline. Given the haste with which it was compiled, we do not believe it represents a comprehensive examination of the potential environmental and public health risks associated with the pipeline.
“ We were further disheartened to learn that the U.S. Department of State will only allow the public 45 days to comment on the new study. For many who stand to be affected by the pipeline, especially those who reside in rural areas, this is not nearly enough time to review and assess the potential impacts of this extraordinarily ambitious, potentially dangerous project.
“We can only hope the Department of State will be more thorough in their collection and review of public comments about the Keystone XL Pipeline. Given its proximity to the Ogallala aquifer, the property rights that it challenges, and its potential to affect oil prices, the Keystone XL Pipeline will impact millions of Americans. The State Department should keep their best interests at heart, not just those of a foreign company looking to use U.S. land to profit from a polluting, energy-intensive resource.”
Contact: Kate Fried, Food & Water Watch, (202) 683-2500, kfried(at)fwwatch(dot)org.