Although many expected a decision from Obama this month, we’ll not receive a definitive answer about the construction of the Keystone Pipeline until next year.
The proposed Keystone XL Pipeline has inspired its fair share of debate and controversy, with opponents concerned over the negative environmental impacts the pipeline will inevitably create if it goes through.
Possible damage would include the destruction of ecosystems from drilling and leaching of tar sands oil into the water supply, which is a threat to both marine life and public health.
The arguments of its adversity only gained more merit after an investigation exposed Environmental Resources Management for lying on their disclosure form. Ultimately, it revealed the London-based consultant firm, who reviewed the proposal, did indeed have ties to the project. In addition to their connection to TransCanada, Environmental Resources Management has worked for Shell, Exxonmobil, and Chevron. All of these companies would benefit substantially from the installation of the XL pipeline.
Despite confirmation of the firm’s involvement with Keystone, the investigation will continue until January. After its completion, the State Department will be able to finalize the environmental impact statement.
But as Ross Hammond, senior campaigner with Friends of the Earth, has recently stated:
“President Obama doesn’t need to wait for the results of the investigation into Environmental Resources Management. He has all the evidence he needs to deny the permit right now.”
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