The EPA has a special Earth Day message for the State Department: You still haven't done your homework on the Keystone XL pipeline's potential environmental effects.
That's the gist of the EPA's official comments [PDF] on the State Department's draft environmental impact statement for the proposed pipeline, submitted on the final day of the comment period. (Procrastination: It's not just for college students.) State's report found that Keystone would not have significant environmental impacts, but EPA says the report included “insufficient information” to reach a conclusion on the impacts.
EPA said [the State Department] failed to fully consider alternative routes for the Canada-to-Texas pipeline. ...
Further, EPA urged the State Department to revisit its suggestion that Keystone would not expedite production of Canada’s carbon-intensive oil sands or significantly ramp up greenhouse gas emissions — two major assertions made by the pipeline's critics.