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GISIG’s Docs o’ the Day: Keystone XL pipeline Project

reposted from gov-info.tumblr.com

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:


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.

Oil Spill Docs Past & Present Posted to LostDocs Blog

A number of documents reported to GPO in May/Jun/July and posted by us to the Lost Documents Blog in July 2010 were related to oil spills. Mostly to the current spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but some reported documents went as far back as 2002.

For a full list of what we know about, visit http://lostdocs.freegovinfo.info/tag/oil-spills/.

This is being posted without judgment as to why these documents have not been cataloged yet. We are not asserting ill will or a coverup on part of any part of the government just because these documents have not made it into the Catalog of Government Publications.

Having said that, we at Free Government Information urge GPO to catalog these documents as soon as possible so they’ll be easier to find in literature searches about oil spills and government response.

For those looking for it, the full July 2010 Lost Documents Report and Appeal will be published later today.