March 1, 2013 - The State Department released a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement to supplement the FEIS created for TransCanada’s first permit application. The purpose of the SEIS is to provide analysis of changes to the route and any new information discovered since the FEIS was completed.
January 4, 2013 - Nebraska Dept. of Environmental Quality (“NDEQ”) submitted its Final Evaluation Report regarding the new proposed pipeline route through Nebraska to the Nebraska Governor for review and recommendation; the Governor’s recommendation will be considered in the State Department’s analysis and decision on the permit application
May 24, 2012 - NDEQ and the State Department entered into an agreement to coordinate work on the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (“SEIS”) for TransCanada’s new permit application and the revised route for the proposed pipeline through Nebraska
May 4, 2012 - TransCanada filed a new application with the U.S. Department of State for a Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline
April 18, 2013 - The State Department held its only public hearing on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement in Grand Island, Nebraska. More than 200 pipeline opponents spoke out against the project; fewer than 30 spoke in favor of it.
FSEIS Released, 30 Day Public Comment Period Now Running
On January 31, 2014, the Department of State released a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the 2012 Presidential Permit application for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The Final SEIS is available here. On February 5, 2014, the Federal Register published a Notice that invited members of the public to comment on any factor they deem relevant to the national interest determination that will be made for the Presidential Permit application.
This began a 30-day public comment period that will close on March 7, 2014. There are two ways to submit comments on the national interest determination. Members of the public are encouraged to submit comments to regulations.gov . Comments may also be mailed directly to:
U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Energy Resources, Room 4843
Attn: Keystone XL Public Comments
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520
Comments can only be submitted via regulations.gov and by mail to the address indicated above.