Friday, March 16, 2012

The Environmental Impact of the Keystone XL Pipeline

NRDC Spokesman Frances Beinecke had a tough time in Washington today. Beinecke was given little time–if any–to respond to questions during the hearing. She was first asked what, in terms of natural resources, would be destroyed by the XL expansion of the keystone pipeline.

Beinecke, citing an EPA study, began to outline the various effects the project would have on the environment. According to the report, the project would destroy parts of the Boreal Forest, a natural carbon reservoir and animal habitat. In addition, the pipeline expansion would cause irreparable damage to the area's clean air. However, much of the information in the report was not shared, as Congressman Issa limited Beinecke's response.

As the hearing went on, the Oversight Committee became more concerned with the legitimacy of Beinecke's statements than with the statements themselves. The message he was trying to get across was simple, but Washington was unwilling to listen.

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