On April 18, the Department of State will hold a public meeting about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project. The purpose of this meeting is to give individuals an opportunity to express their views and provide comments on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) which was released on March 1.
The time and location of the meeting is as follows:
Heartland Events Center 700 East Stolley Park Rd. Grand Island, NE 68801
12:00–3:30 p.m., 4:00–8:00 p.m.
Registration will begin at 11:00 a.m.
This meeting will be a listening session. All comments will be transcribed by a court reporter and will become part of the administrative record and considered in preparing the final version of the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement.
To accommodate those who cannot attend or who are unable to deliver their full comments in the allotted time, the Department is accepting written comments through April 22. All written comments will have equal standing with spoken comments from the public meeting and will become part of the administrative record. A summary of all comments will be incorporated in an appendix to the final version of the SEIS.
Details about how to submit written comments regarding the draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement are available on the State Department Keystone XL website: http://www.keystonepipeline-xl.state.gov/.
A spokeswoman for the State Department said the exchange with proponents and opponents of the project will be in two sessions from noon to 3:30 p.m. and from 4 p.m to 8 p.m. Registration begins at 11 a.m.
The latest interaction between the federal watchdog on the project and citizens follows the recent release of a draft supplemental environmental impact statement in which federal officials downplayed the risks of the project to the Ogallala Aquifer.
The environmental review also responded to concerns about the global warming implications of the project by suggesting that oil deposits in Alberta probably would be utilized whether the Keystone project goes forward or not.
The broader context for action on TransCanada's $7 billion plan for connecting the oilsands with refineries along the U.S. Gulf Coast is a pending presidential permit necessary to cross the border between the two countries.