by Jackelin Trevino, University of Texas Pan American, McAllen, TX
The Keystone XL Pipeline, if permitted, will be built from Alberta, Canada down to oil refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast. These refineries are equipped to refiner tar sands, a very toxic and highly corrosive form of oil. This project travels through the Ogallala aquifer which provides drinking water to countless Americans. People of color and the poor are at a higher risk of health impacts from dirty fossil fuels, and are amongst the first to suffer from the impacts of climate change. First Nations communities in Canada and Native American tribes along the pipeline route in the U.S. have demanded the destruction of their sacred lands cease. Concerns Keystone XL go all the way down the pipeline and include the extraction- which is destroying a section of old growth forest the size of Florida, the transportation- Keystone I, XL’s sister pipeline, has leaked 14 times in its first year of operation, and the refining- the toxins released as a result of tar sands processing was ignored in the State Department’s Final Environmental Impact Statement.
The State Department is currently deciding if the Keystone XL pipeline is in the national interest. The National Interest Determination (NID) will take into consideration comments received by the public before Midnight on October 9th.
- Public comments can be given as testimony at a series of Public Meetings or online, via email, fax, or mail.
Alexander Yuan, Keystone XL EIS Project, P.O. Box 96503-98500,
Washington, DC 20090-6503
- Comments must be submitted by Midnight on October 9th
The Public Meetings will be occurring in the capital of every state crossed by the pipeline with additional meetings in Port Arthur, Texas, Atkinson, Nebraska, and Washington D.C. These meetings will occur between September 26th and September 30th, with the Washington D.C. hearing on October 7th.
Use your voice and tell the State Department that a 1,700 mile long fuse to a carbon bomb is not in our national interest. We are not serving the best interests of America by allowing a foreign pipeline transporting foreign fuel to threaten our water supply, sicken our communities, and threaten our future. Submit a comment. Sign a petition. Make it clear- We should not permit construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.