State Department releases draft SEIS for revised Keystone XL

The US Department of State released a draft supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) for the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline’s new presidential permit application.

The SEIS includes a comprehensive review of the pipeline’s new proposed route across Nebraska, new information and circumstances on its largely unchanged route across Montana and South Dakota, and expanded and updated information that was not included in the project’s original final EIS in 2011, officials said.

It makes no recommendations on whether the project’s new cross-border permit application should be approved or denied, they emphasized.

TransCanada Corp., the project’s sponsor, noted that while it is still reviewing the draft SEIS, the document builds on more than 10,000 pages of already completed reviews and reaffirms that “there would be no significant impacts to most resources along the proposed project route.”

TransCanada Chief Executive Russ Girling said, “Completing the draft SEIS for Keystone XL is an important step towards receiving a presidential Permit for this critical energy infrastructure project. No one has a stronger interest than TransCanada does in making sure that Keystone XL operates safely, and more than 4 years of exhaustive study and environmental review show the care and attention we have placed on ensuring this is the safest oil pipeline built to date in the United States.”

Industry groups pleased

Officials at the American Petroleum Institute, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, and Association of Oil Pipelines separately welcomed the draft SEIS’s release.

“No matter how many times [Keystone XL] is reviewed, the result is the same: no significant environmental impact,” API Executive Vice-Pres. Marty Durbin said.

“The latest impact statement from the State Department puts this important, job-creating project one step closer to reality,” he observed. “Nebraska has finished its final Keystone XL assessment and the governor has given it his full support. The last approval needed is by President Obama, and we urge him to do so as soon as possible.”

AFPM Pres. Charles T. Drevna said, “Finally, 1,625 days after TransCanada Corp. first applied for a presidential permit to build the Keystone XL Pipeline, it seems like we’re back on track for approval of the most scrutinized pipeline in US history. While we have not had the opportunity to review the SEIS released today, the states along the Keystone route have all conducted environmental reviews and concluded the project should move forward. AFPM hopes that the administration will move expeditiously to approve a project that is years overdue.”

‘Minimal impact’

AOPL Pres. Andrew J. Black also welcomed the document’s release. “Repeated reviews of Keystone XL have shown it will have minimal impact on the environment, making it a good project for American drivers, workers, and the environment,” he noted.

TransCanada will adhere to 57 special safety conditions, including more rigorous pipeline design, manufacturing, construction, records and reporting, testing, operational, and maintenance standards developed in coordination with the US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Black added.

Karen A. Harbert, president of the US Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Energy, said the draft SEIS for the project’s new cross-border permit application was long overdue, and continues to build a strong case for Keystone XL’s construction. “We’ll be working over the next 45 days to ensure that the voice of the majority of American people, who favor this project, is heard loud and clear by the Obama administration,” she said.

Environmental organizations were more critical. “The facts remain absolutely clear: the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is not in our national interest,” said Danielle Droitsch, the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Canada project director.

“Mining the tar sands would be a disaster for our climate. Piping it through the heartland would put our ranchers and farmers at risk. And sending it to the Gulf of Mexico only makes our country a dirty oil gateway to overseas markets,” she asserted.

Contact Nick Snow at nicks@pennwell.com.

Related Articles

Senate passes Defense bill with BLM drilling permit program provision

12/15/2014 The US Senate approved a Department of Defense appropriations bill on Dec. 13 containing a provision extending and making permanent a drilling perm...

Cook to head DONG Energy E&P group

12/15/2014 David B. Cook has been named group executive vice-president and chief executive officer for exploration and production at DONG Energy, Fredericia, ...

Sunshine Oilsands appoints chief executive officer

12/15/2014

Sunshine Oilsands Ltd., Calgary, has appointed Luo Hong as chief executive officer and Jiang Qi as president and chief operating officer.

Woodside to buy Apache’s interests in Wheatstone, Kitimat LNG for $2.75 billion

12/15/2014 Woodside Petroleum Ltd. has agreed to acquire interest in the Wheatstone LNG and Kitimat LNG projects, respectively in Western Australia and Britis...

MARKET WATCH: OPEC basket price closes below $59/bbl

12/15/2014 The average crude oil basket price for the 12 members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Counties closed below $59/bbl on Dec. 12 while cru...

EPA approves Magellan’s Corpus Christi splitter project

12/12/2014 The US Environmental Protection Agency has issued a final greenhouse gas prevention of significant deterioration construction permit to Magellan Pr...

Keyera to take majority interest in Alberta gas plant

12/12/2014 Keyera Corp., Calgary, will pay $65 million (Can.) to buy a 70.79% ownership interest in the Ricinus deep-cut gas plant in west-central Alberta.

PBF Energy, PBF Logistics make management changes

12/12/2014 Matthew Lucey, currently executive vice-president of PBF Energy Inc., will succeed Michael Gayda as the company’s president. Todd O’Malley, current...

TAEP: TPI still peaking, but ‘contraction unavoidable’ as oil prices fall

12/12/2014 The Texas Petro Index (TPI), a composite index based on a comprehensive group of upstream economic indicators released by the Texas Alliance of Ene...

White Papers

AVEVA NET Accesses and Manages the Digital Asset

Global demand for new process plants, power plants and infrastructure is increasing steadily with the ...
Sponsored by

AVEVA’s Approach for the Digital Asset

To meet the requirements for leaner project execution and more efficient operations while transferring...
Sponsored by

Diversification - the technology aspects

In tough times, businesses seek to diversify into adjacent markets or to apply their skills and resour...
Sponsored by

Engineering & Design for Lean Construction

Modern marketing rhetoric claims that, in order to cut out expensive costs and reduce risks during the...
Sponsored by

Object Lessons - Why control of engineering design at the object level is essential for efficient project execution

Whatever the task, there is usually only one way to do it right and many more to do it wrong. In the c...
Sponsored by

Plant Design for Lean Construction - at your fingertips

One area which can provide improvements to the adoption of Lean principles is the application of mobil...
Sponsored by

How to Keep Your Mud System Vibrator Hose from Getting Hammered to Death

To prevent the vibrating hoses on your oilfield mud circulation systems from failing, you must examine...
Sponsored by

Duty of Care

Good corporate social responsibility means implementing effective workplace health and safety measures...
Sponsored by

Available Webcasts


On Demand

Optimizing your asset management practices to mitigate the effects of a down market

Thu, Dec 11, 2014

The oil and gas market is in constant flux, and as the price of BOE (Barrel of Oil Equivalent) goes down it is increasingly important to optimize your asset management strategy to stay afloat.  Attend this webinar to learn how developing a solid asset management plan can help your company mitigate costs in any market.

register:WEBCAST


Parylene Conformal Coatings for the Oil & Gas Industry

Thu, Nov 20, 2014

In this concise 30-minute webinar, participants have an opportunity to learn more about how Parylene coatings are applied, their features, and the value they add to devices and components.

register:WEBCAST


Utilizing Predictive Analytics to Optimize Productivity in Oil & Gas Operations

Tue, Nov 18, 2014

Join IBM on Tuesday, November 18 @ 1pm CST to explore how Predictive Analytics can help your organization maximize productivity, operational performance & associated processes to drive enterprise wide productivity and profitability.

register:WEBCAST


US HYDROCARBON EXPORTS Part 3 — LNG

Fri, Nov 14, 2014

US LNG Exports, the third in a trilogy of webcasts focusing on the broad topic of US Hydrocarbon Exports.

A discussion of the problems and potential for the export of US-produced liquefied natural gas.

These and other topics will be discussed, with the latest thoughts on U.S. LNG export policy.

register:WEBCAST


Careers at TOTAL

Careers at TOTAL - Videos

More than 600 job openings are now online, watch videos and learn more!

 

Click Here to Watch

Other Oil & Gas Industry Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>
Stay Connected