"EPA Releases Harsh Review of Keystone XL Environmental Report"

"The Environmental Protection Agency issued a sharply critical assessment of the State Department's recent environmental impact review of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, certain to complicate efforts to win approval for the $7-billion project."

"In a letter to top State Department officials overseeing the permit process for the pipeline, the EPA lays out detailed objections regarding greenhouse gas emissions related to the project, pipeline safety and alternative routes. Based on its analysis, the EPA said it had "Environmental Objections" to the State Department's environmental assessment due to 'insufficient information. '

A State Department spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment. The State Department assessment concluded that Keystone XL would have a minimal impact on the environment. But the EPA analysis appears to challenge that conclusion."

Neela Banerjee reports for the Los Angeles Times April 22, 2013.

SEE ALSO:

"Keystone Public Comments Won't Be Made Public, State Department Says" (InsideClimate News: 3/25/13)

"EPA Wants State Dept. To Rework Analysis of Keystone XL Pipeline" (Washington Post)

"Document: EPA Reviews Keystone XL Report" (EPA/Los Angeles Times)

"EPA Again Questions Keystone XL Pipeline" (AP)

"EPA Slams State's Draft Impact Statement For Keystone XL" (Climate Progress)

"EPA Critical of State Department Review of Keystone XL" (Nebraska Watchdog)

"EPA Bashes State Department's 'Insufficient' Keystone Report" (Grist)

"U.S. Environment Regulator Slams Keystone Pipeline Review" (Reuters)

"Keystone XL Pipeline ‘All Risk, No Reward’ State Dept. Told" (ENS)

"Keystone XL Foes Say 1 Million Comments Show Power of Grassroots" (Bloomberg)

"Keystone Criticism Misplaced, TransCanada CEO Insists" (Toronto Globe and Mail)

"Obama Set To Okay Pipeline, Former Insider Says, as Poll Shows Support" (Toronto Globe and Mail)
 

Source: LA Times, 04/23/2013