In Wake of Arkansas Pipeline Spill, Environmental Groups Request Extension to Keystone Comment Deadline

WASHINGTON, DC–(ENEWSPF)–April 9, 2013.  Environmental organizations yesterday requested for the second time that the State Department extend the 45 day public comment period on the Keystone XL environmental assessment to answer specific questions about tar sands pipeline safety raised by the failure and spill of the Exxon Pegasus pipeline in Mayflower, Arkansas. The letter can be viewed here

In response, Michael Brune, Sierra Club executive director, released the following statement:

“The Mayflower, Arkansas, tar sands spill demonstrates that the State Department needs answers to exactly what went wrong with the Pegasus pipeline, why Exxon couldn’t shut down the pipeline immediately, and how the administration can assure Americans that the Keystone XL pipeline–at nearly ten times the size—would be safe. The short answer is, it wouldn’t.”