On May 4, 2012, the Department of State received a new application from TransCanada Corp. for a proposed pipeline [The Keystone XL] that would run from the Canadian border to connect to a pipeline in Steele City, 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, which involves consideration of many factors including: energy security; environmental, cultural, and economic impacts; foreign policy; and compliance with relevant federal regulations and issues.
On January 31, 2014, the Department of State:
- Released a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the 2012 Presidential Permit application for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
- Published a SEIS Fact Sheet and Media Note
- Posted independent engineering assessments and associated documents prepared by Battelle and Exponent.
- Posted additional information regarding potential organizational conflicts of interest disclosed by Environmental Resources Management (ERM), which is the Department’s third-party contractor.
- 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 Presidential Permit review process now focuses on consultation 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
Read additional information relevant to Presidential Permits, the review process, and the applicant.
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