Governor Bullock on Keystone XL Pipeline: “Deeply troubled by failure to adequately analyze potential impacts”

Bullock submits comments to U.S. Department of State calling for potential risks to be fully mitigated

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today submitted comments on behalf of the State of Montana on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Draft SEIS) for the Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, expressing concerns over the failure to adequately analyze potential spill impacts and response, cultural resource impacts, and fish and wildlife resource impacts.

“Dating back to my time serving as Montana’s Attorney General and throughout my two terms as Governor I have consistently expressed my view that development of Keystone XL must take into account the safety and security of the pipeline, the workers who will construct it, and the communities it will pass through,” wrote Governor Bullock. “NEPA requires federal agencies take a ‘hard look’ at their proposals in light of available information, analysis, and the potential for environmental impacts. In our review, the state concludes that the Draft SEIS falls short of this requirement and remains deficient in several important ways.”

The comments submitted by Governor Bullock reflect the consolidated views of the Montana Departments of Environmental Quality, Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and Natural Resources and Conservation.

The most significant concerns raised by Governor Bullock reflect a failure on the part of the federal agencies to adequately analyze potential impacts from a spill to water supplies based on the past experiences of spills in 2011 and 2015 on the Yellowstone River in Montana, and incomplete analysis of cultural resource impacts and consultation with potentially impacted Tribal Nations.

Additionally, the comments include an engineering study commissioned by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation to provide an independent perspective on potential spill impacts to irrigation and drinking water supplies. The study identifies the potentially impacted water infrastructure of Eastern Montana, evaluates the proposed project against design and safety standards, models potential spill scenarios and offers preliminary options to avoid or eliminate potential future impacts. While the study affirms that the proposed project meets and in some instances, surpasses federal pipeline safety standards, it also identifies limited potential for spills to result in exceedances of health and safety water quality standards at the sites of key water diversion infrastructure serving Eastern Montana. The study identifies several infrastructure investments that can further reduce or eliminate risks to drinking water supplies. The study is available here:

Governor Bullock also wrote in his comments that, “We hope the State Department and the cooperating federal agencies are able to complete a full analysis of the project impacts to inform the public and ensure potential risks are fully mitigated.”


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  1. Some things the Gov. and others don’t think about is the economy of moving oil underground, in a pipeline. Fewer 3-mile long trains and fewer tanker trucks transporting the oil across the country. Another thing is the global impact. We are now exporting oil and looking to supply Europe…instead of Russia being their supplier. Russia would very much like to have a New Soviet Union…that’s why they invaded Crimea and would like to take Ukraine. That’s where the oil is located. Russia needs to be contained. Same goes for the Middle East. We need to keep those ‘bad actors’ in check. Keep their economies low so they can’t export their terrorism. We need to be the energy kings. America needs to continue to prosper and thrive. Despite what the progressives think, oil is going to be around for many generations to come. Fuel is only one component of oil. Many by-products are derived from oil to produce thousands of items for our everyday life. Here are a few.
    Solvents Diesel fuel Motor Oil Bearing Grease
    Ink Floor Wax Ballpoint Pens Football Cleats
    Upholstery Sweaters (that explains the itchy sweater I have at home) Boats Insecticides
    Bicycle Tires Sports Car Bodies Nail Polish Fishing lures
    Dresses Tires Golf Bags Perfumes
    Cassettes Dishwasher parts Tool Boxes Shoe Polish
    Motorcycle Helmet Caulking Petroleum Jelly Transparent Tape
    CD Player (do people still have these?) Faucet Washers Antiseptics Clothesline
    Curtains Food Preservatives Basketballs Soap (that explains why soap doesn’t clean oil off your hands)
    Vitamin Capsules Antihistamines Purses Shoes
    Dashboards Cortisone Deodorant Footballs
    Putty Dyes Panty Hose Refrigerant
    Percolators Life Jackets Rubbing Alcohol Linings
    Skis TV Cabinets Shag Rugs Electrician’s Tape
    Tool Racks Car Battery Cases Epoxy Paint
    Mops Slacks Insect Repellent Oil Filters
    Umbrellas Yarn Fertilizers Hair Coloring
    Roofing Toilet Seats Fishing Rods Lipstick
    Denture Adhesive Linoleum Ice Cube Trays Synthetic Rubber
    Speakers Plastic Wood Electric Blankets Glycerin
    Tennis Rackets Rubber Cement Fishing Boots Dice
    Nylon Rope Candles Trash Bags House Paint
    Water Pipes Hand Lotion Roller Skates Surf Boards
    Shampoo Wheels Paint Rollers Shower Curtains
    Guitar Strings Luggage Aspirin Safety Glasses
    Antifreeze Football Helmets Awnings Eyeglasses (I thought they were made from glass)
    Clothes Toothbrushes Ice Chests Footballs
    Combs CD’s & DVD’s Paint Brushes Detergents
    Vaporizers Balloons Sun Glasses Tents
    Heart Valves Crayons Parachutes Telephones
    Enamel Pillows Dishes Cameras
    Anesthetics Artificial Turf Artificial limbs Bandages
    Dentures Model Cars Folding Doors Hair Curlers
    Cold cream Movie film Soft Contact lenses Drinking Cups
    Fan Belts Car Enamel Shaving Cream Ammonia
    Refrigerators Golf Balls Toothpaste (Yuck) Gasoline

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