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Mayors from across the country have sent a letter to Hillary Clinton, whose office has been rather quiet on the issue, expressing their concern over the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. A new environmental review of the project is expected, and the mayors are calling on the State Department to be thorough and to evaluate the "impacts of this pipeline on local community efforts to build clean energy economies."
"At the edge of the largest source of freshwater in the world - the Great Lakes - we've always had concerns about the oil pipeline that crosses Wisconsin north to south," said Mayor John Dickert of Racine, Wisconsin. "The lack of information about what's in the pipeline at any point in time is disturbing. We need to know, in case a tar sands oil spill occurs like the one to the Kalamazoo River last year."
Pegeen Hanrahan, former mayor of Gainesville, Florida, said: "Throughout Florida, we watched as the BP oil spill devastated communities in the Gulf region. With an extremely large project like the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline it is critical that there be a detailed analysis of safety, environmental and health impacts. The first environmental review of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline was given a failing grade by EPA."
The letter, according to NRDC:
- Notes that the United States Conference of Mayors adopted a High Carbon Fuels Resolution in 2008 calling for measures that discourage the use of tar sands fuel.
- Calls for a thorough and detailed supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) for the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline that includes evaluation of impacts on local communities.
- Calls for opportunities for public review and comment on the SEIS.
- Notes that projects like the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline send the wrong message to our communities and citizens who work hard to lessen our dependence on oil, using innovative conservation, efficiency and other measures.
The full letter, and a list of all participating mayors, can be found online [PDF].
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