NWF Denounces State Department Dirty Fuels Pipeline Plan

Groups ask Secretary Clinton to suspend the permitting process for a proposed tar sands pipeline known as Keystone XL

04-23-2010 // Tony Iallonardo
American Black duck

National Wildlife Federation and 25 groups issued a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today calling for suspension of the permitting process for a proposed tar sands pipeline known as Keystone XL. The groups say the full scope of its environmental and social impacts, including greenhouse gas emissions have not been considered.

Tar sands oil production is incredibly toxic and puts American communities and wildlife populations at risk. The extraction and refining process also causes far more environmental destruction than comparable forms of fuel like oil and natural gas.

The proposed pipeline Keystone XL would take up to 900,000 barrels per day of tar sands oil from operations in Alberta, Canada, through six states to refineries along the U.S. Gulf Coast. That amount, plus operation at capacity of two other recently constructed tar sands pipelines, would more than triple U.S. consumption of tar sands oil.

TransCanada needs a presidential permit from the State Department for the pipeline's U.S.-Canada border crossing. Prior to issuing the permit, an environmental impact statement for the pipeline and a formal determination of “national interest” must be made.

"The Keystone XL dirty fuels pipeline is wrong for America and wrong for the environment and must be stopped," said Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of National Wildlife Federation. "The right energy policies for America reduce dependence on fossil fuels while strengthening national security and creating jobs here in the U.S. The answer is wind, solar, sustainable biofuels, geothermal and other clean energy sources made here at home."

Related Resources
  • Save America's Ducks from Dirty Oil
    Edit and send a message to the U.S. State Department, telling them to protect our wildlife and deny these dirty oil companies the permit!
  • Letter to Secretary Clinton
    Read the concerns of 25 groups regarding TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.