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Montana Group Welcomes Delay Of Keystone XL Pipeline


The State Department and White House has announced that there will be a delay into 2013 on the Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL pipeline as a new route is explored.

“It’s good the State Department is going to take more time to evaluate a better, safer route in Nebraska,” said Don Brown, Northern Plains Resource Council member and Fort Peck landowner, who is crossed by the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline.

“We urge the State Department to use this time to fix other problems with its reviews and proposed measures to ensure pipeline safety and protect water, land and residents along the pipeline route with in-place emergency response plans, identification of high consequence areas, and other public safety issues.”

The Keystone XL pipeline is a 1,700-mile tar sands pipeline proposed to pass through 280 miles of eastern Montana en route from Alberta to the Gulf Coast. The Northern Plains Pipeline Landowners Group, a group of landowners crossed by the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, has organized to negotiate with TransCanada an equitable contract which protects landowners and public safety.

The Northern Plains Resource Council is a conservation and family agriculture group that organizes Montanans to protect the state’s water quality, family farms and ranches, and unique quality of life.


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