On July 22, the State Department said it intends to issue a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project in mid-August. After the issuance of the Final EIS, the next step is a 90-day review period where federal agencies including the EPA and the DoE can provide their opinion on the issuance of a Presidential Permit, which the State Department is responsible for facilitating. TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline would be a 36-inch-diameter pipeline to transport as much as 700,000 barrels per day of crude oil from the Alberta oil sands to Texas refineries on the Gulf of Mexico via six US states. During September, the State Department will host public meetings through each of those six states. The meetings will be held in the state capitals of Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. These meetings will be followed by a final public meeting in Washington DC.
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The next steps for the Keystone XL pipeline review process
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