October 27, 2011
The EPA raised concerns last year after the State Department’s preliminary review. The agency said more work was needed on potential greenhouse-gas emissions, pipeline safety and impacts on wetlands and migratory birds.
Environmentalists oppose the project, citing greenhouse gases and risks of a spill tainting the Ogallala aquifer in Nebraska’s Sand Hills region that supplies drinking water for 2 million people. Senator Mike Johanns, a Nebraska Republican, wants the line rerouted.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has final say on the pipeline project because it crosses an international border [unless President Obama intervenes stopping it].
this is pitting EPA against State Department, and is approaching pitting Clinton against Obama.
and Clinton might be in some trouble about it:
Hillary Clinton's Keystone XL Crony Lobbyists Problem
Right now, the State Department's capitulation to lobbyists - and secrecy about Secretary Clinton's contacts with lobbyists - stinks to high heaven, as the recently released emails demonstrate. Hopefully this amended FOIA request will compel the State Department to reveal all the facts about lobbyist influence over Hillary Clinton's position on Keystone XL.