45 days to stop Keystone XL
  • Petitioned EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson

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EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson

45 days to stop Keystone XL

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News broke in late April that TransCanada has secretly submitted its permit application for the Southern portion of the Keystone XL Pipeline to the Army Corps of Engineers.

The Army Corps, which has an abysmal environmental track record, could approve the project in 45 days - or sooner -- unless the EPA steps in.

Tell EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson: Don't let Keystone XL get rubber stamped!

To evade meaningful review, TransCanada has broken the pipeline in half and applied for an expedited permit for the Southern portion, which would allow the Army Corps to approve all 101 water crossings on the route between Cushing, Okla., and the Gulf Coast at once.

EPA has the power to stop this rubber stamp process, but it has to step in. We know that EPA officials have serious concerns about this expedited approval -- and EPA's regional office said last fall the all-in-one permit was insufficient, given the serious threat to water and wetlands in Oklahoma and Texas.

Ultimately, all of this happens in the Obama administration, so President Obama is still the ultimate decision maker. And we know from his deeply unfortunate photo-op in TransCanada's pipe yard in Cushing, Okla., how much of an effort he is making to at least appear pro-pipeline.

But whether he and his EPA will allow 101 water crossings to be rubber stamped in one fell swoop is another matter. And we need to show strong support for the EPA officials who have already raised a red flag.

Tell EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson: Don't let Keystone XL get rubber stamped!

Meanwhile, TransCanada is also set to re-apply for the State Department for the northern portion of the pipeline as soon as today -- the permit they were denied thanks to our activism this January.

By breaking up the pipeline TransCanada is trying to get a jump on construction, and circumvent the full approval process. But it doesn't change any of the facts on the ground. The southern route will still speed the exporting and burning of Tar Sands around the world -- speeding catastrophic climate change.

The northern route will still enable Tar Sands producers to turn up the spigot on this dirty oil getting exported and burned overseas. And while TransCanada has revised the route through Nebraska, the new route still runs over the Ogallala Aquifer and runs through Nebraska's sensitive Sandhills region.

It's no surprise that we're receiving reports from Nebraska activists that the Koch Brothers are literally working with TransCanada to hoodwink Nebraskans into supporting this project, which will help the Kochs and oil companies from Saudi Arabia and Canada, while leaving us to deal with the dirty, dangerous, catastrophic mess.

But we can't stand by and let them do it. Telling the EPA to step in is the best way to build pressure right now.

Tell EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson: Don't let Keystone XL get rubber stamped!

Thanks for continuing to oppose the Dangerous Keystone XL Pipeline.

To:
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson
The Southern portion of the Keystone XL Pipeline is a major threat to America's land, water and climate. Don't let TransCanada evade a full review for its dangerous project.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Maggie Schafer BOULDER, UNITED STATES
      • over 2 years ago

      Obummer and Congress are just plain stupid! How many rallies, petitions, phone calles, e-mails, does it take for it think into their thick heads that WE do not want this! THE PUBLIC KNOWS THIS IS A BAD THING, THE ELECTED OFFICIALS ARE OIL AND GAS WHORES! WHY DO THEY THINK THEY ARE RUNNING 2,000 MILES TO A PT. ARTHUR? BECAUSE IT'S A PORT! GO TO TOTAL PETROLEUMS WEBSITE AND SEE WHAT THE MAP LOOKS LIKE FOR SHAREHOLDERS - REFINED DIESEL FUEL AN JET FUEL GOING OVERSEAS! Lying bunch of politicians better not pass anything allowing this!

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