New Keystone XL Pipeline Application
On May 4, 2012, the Department of State received a new application from TransCanada Corp. for a proposed pipeline that would run from the Canadian border to connect to a pipeline in Steele City, Nebraska. The new application includes proposed new routes through the state of Nebraska.
The Department’s responsibility, under Executive Order 13337, is to determine if granting a permit for the proposed pipeline would serve the national interest. The Department is considering this new application on its merits. Consistent with the Executive Order, this involves consideration of many factors, including energy security, health, environmental, cultural, economic, and foreign policy concerns.
On January 31, 2014, the Department of State:
- Released a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the 2012 Presidential Permit application for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The Final SEIS is available at: http://keystonepipeline-xl.state.gov/finalseis/index.htm;
- Published a Fact Sheet regarding the release of the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. The Fact Sheet is available at http://keystonepipeline-xl.state.gov/documents/organization/221283.pdf;
- Published a Media Note announcing the release of the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. The Media Note is available at http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2014/01/221112.htm;
- Posted independent engineering assessments and associated documents prepared by Battelle and Exponent. The documents are available at http://keystonepipeline-xl.state.gov/proj_docs/engineering/index.htm;
- Posted additional information regarding potential organizational conflicts of interest disclosed by Environmental Resources Management (ERM), which is the Department’s third-party contractor. The documents are available at http://keystonepipeline-xl.state.gov/admindocs/conflicts/index.htm; and
- Posted the Environmental Report prepared for TransCanada Keystone Pipeline LP by exp Energy Services and submitted to the Department of State on September 7, 2012. The Report is available at http://keystonepipeline-xl.state.gov/proj_docs/environmental/index.htm.
The Presidential Permit review process now focuses on whether the proposed Project serves the national interest, which involves consideration of many factors including: energy security; environmental, cultural, and economic impacts; foreign policy; and compliance with relevant federal regulations and issues. During this time, the Department will consult with, at least, the eight agencies identified in Executive Order 13337: the Departments of Defense, Justice, Interior, Commerce, Transportation, Energy, Homeland Security, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
A 30-day public comment period begins on February 5, 2014 and will close on March 7, 2014. During this period, members of the public and other interested parties are encouraged to submit comments on the national interest determination to http://www.regulations.gov. Comments are not private and will be made public. Comments may also be mailed directly to:
U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Energy Resources, Room 4843
Attn: Keystone XL Public Comments
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520