"The State Department has the opportunity to look at the Pegasus pipeline spill and consider what could happen if the Keystone XL were to spill," Droitsch says. "They really haven't done that since the draft [environmental impact statement] came out and with [Secretary of State John] Kerry there might be a renewed interest in looking at the potential impacts."
The State Department, which released a draft supplemental environmental impact statement in early March, must approve the pipeline project because it crosses an international border. The environmental impact statement is currently in a 45-day public comment period during which the citizens, public agencies, and other interested parties are encouraged to submit comments, questions, and concerns about the project. Following the comment period, the State Department will determine whether the project serves the national interest as it relates to energy security, the environment and foreign policy.
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Updated on 4/1/13: This article was updated to clarify a quote referring to oil spill clean-up responses.