HOUSTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is concerned that permitting for the southern segment of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline could be insufficient and has asked for a more extensive review.
An official in the EPA’s region that oversees Texas [*] wrote a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers saying 61 water crossings near Galveston are too large for the broad permits being pursued. The official wants an environmental review that includes a public comment period.
The letter, written in November, was released today.[**] The corps says it’s reviewing TransCanada’s permit request.
* That would be Region 6 in Dallas. Yes, Al Armendariz’s old Region, he of “crucify them” fame.
** President Obama “greenlighted” the Cushing OK to the Gulf Coast segment of the pipeline on March 22, 2012. Although what there was to greenlight is not exactly clear.
Cross-posted at Maley's Energy Blog.