Protect our Water and Climate from the KXL Pipeline

On October 4, 2019, the U.S. State Department issued a draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Keystone XL Pipeline. This new SEIS resulted from Northern Plains’ successful lawsuit ruling in November of 2018. With this new SEIS, the State Department continues to minimize the risks to river crossings and climate disruption. 

The State Department will be accepting public comment on this SEIS until Monday, November 18.

You can submit your public comment here.

Tell the State Department that this current analysis DOES NOT properly evaluate the risks the Keystone XL pipeline poses to our rivers and our climate. Below are some details to help with your comments.

Here are some problems we’ve identified with this SEIS. You can use them to help inform your comments:

  • Downplays the climate pollution and climate impacts of tar sands oil carried by the Keystone XL pipeline
  • Minimizes the risks to the Missouri River, a waterway which functions as the lifeblood to the impacted region
  • The KXL pipeline would cross the Missouri River directly below the Fort Peck Dam spillway, which dramatically increases the risk for “scour erosion” of the riverbed due to the volume and velocity of water released by the dam. Over time, this erosion is likely to expose the buried pipe making a leak virtually inevitable. We have seen this happen with other pipeline spills, including here in Montana on the Yellowstone River.
  • The KXL pipeline would cross the Missouri River upstream from the water intake for the Fort Peck reservation, which provides drinking water to that community and others in northeastern Montana (up to 30,000 people.) The SEIS significantly downplays the risks to these communities if a spill were to occur.
  • The KXL pipeline would cross the Missouri River immediately upstream from the water intake used for regional agricultural purposes. The risks to these water users is minimized in this SEIS.
  • The leak detection system used by the Keystone XL pipeline cannot detect small “pinhole” leaks. Their system only kicks in when 2% of the pipeline’s flow is diminished. Even a leak of 1%  could result in 8,300 barrels of oil spilled per day given Keystone XL pumps 830,000 barrels per day.