The Keystone Xl Pipeline Affects Much More Than Just The Oil Industry

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The Keystone XL Pipeline affects much more than just the oil industry. Many groups fear that the Pipeline would cause the United States to increase its dependence on foreign oil. In addition to the numerous environmental concerns, such as oil spills and water contamination, there is concern about the “current eminent domain laws and federal and state regulations will manage the pipeline’s construction.”
In January of 2014, the United States Department of the State issued an executive summary of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Within the summary, the State Department listed off various concerns that may arise with the construction of the pipeline. The environmental issue listed included “Climate change, including lifecycle GHG emissions associated with oil sands, potential for releases or spills of oil, wetlands, water resources, including effects on groundwater aquifers” to name a few. (State Department) While it appears the State Department acknowledges the environmental issues that come with the pipeline, many environmentalist groups were not pleased with their findings. In August of 2014, Friends of the Earth filed for the release of State Department record surrounding the EIS revisions. The environmental group requested “documents, records, and materials pertaining to communications between the State Department and the lobbyists of other individuals representing TransCanada, Environmental Resource Management, the Province of Alberta, Canada” and a host of other law…

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