Last week there was a big win for the environment, President Obama sent the Keystone XL pipeline back to the State Department for a re-review! Many analysts say this will kill the project, some say it’s just a delay. The State Department plans to conduct a new environmental review, that process will likely take 12 to 18 months.
Since the announcement that the pipeline plans would be re-review, TransCanada has announced it will reroute the pipeline to avoid the environmentally sensitive area in Nebraska called the Sand Hills.
While the re-route will ensure that the pipeline won’t be going through some of the most sensitive areas, it will still hold many environmental concerns. The current Keystone pipeline leaked over 10 times in less than a year, it’s first year. Oil leaks are serious anywhere and can cause major environmental harm. With the pipeline going through Oklahoma many Oklahomans are concerned about the pipeline and possible leaks.
Environmental groups are still working to ensure that the Keystone XL pipeline is never approved. Tar Sands Action is encouraging people to pledge to take nonviolent action against the pipeline and to keep up the fight. People are also encouraged to thank President Obama for sending the pipeline back.
In the next several weeks we should learn more about what will happen with the pipeline and just how big this win is. If you want more information on the Keystone XL check out Tar Sands Action and the U.S. State Department’s website.
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Lisa Sharp is passionate about green living, organic food, animals, and natural medicine. She is an environmental activist, green living expert, and consultant. In addition to being the founder and editor of Green Oklahoma, Lisa has a green living blog, Retro Housewife Goes Green. You can follow Lisa on twitter @Retrohousewife5 and Facebook.