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February 6, 2012
By Michael Reeves, President, Ports-to-Plains Alliance
More than three years ago, the U.S. State Department began a lengthy and comprehensive environmental study of the Keystone XL pipeline a project that would deliver more than 700,000 barrels of oil a day from Canada, our neighbor, ally and largest trading partner, to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast.
The department worked with scientists, engineers, other federal and state agencies, and the environmental community to make sure they were examining all potential risks and properly considering alternatives.
Last August their analysis was updated and released. The State Department's conclusion mirrored that of virtually every other independent assessment: The Keystone XL pipeline will be a safe and necessary addition to America's broader energy infrastructure.
In fact, the study noted that the pipeline would "have a degree of safety greater than any typically constructed domestic oil pipeline system under current regulations," a direct and meaningful rebuttal of critics' baseless accusations that Keystone XL will be prone to leaks and spills.
Indeed, the State Department parried many of the opponents' talking points on Keystone XL…