In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 28 lawmakers have asked for a “supplemental” environmental impact statement to be conducted on Calgary-based TransCanada’s planned Keystone XL pipeline.
The letter was signed by Tennessee Democrat Steve Cohen, a member of the House transportation and infrastructure committee, and 27 others.
The lawmakers said they have “become increasingly concerned that the State Department is inadequately evaluating the pipeline’s lifecycle environmental impact.”
The 2,700-kilometre-long Keystone XL pipeline, slated to run through six U.S. states, would carry up to 375,000 barrels of oil per day from northern Alberta to ports along the U.S. Gulf Coast. The $7-billion project is under review by the State Department, which is responsible for approving or rejecting its construction because the pipeline will cross an international border.