Keystone XL Public Comment Period Now Open

The U.S. Department of State has opened a public comment period for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline from Canada. You have until March 7th to share your opinion!

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The proposed Keystone XL pipeline has created a significant amount of discussion. RTA shared comments about the proposed pipeline in November of 2012 – it’s hard to imagine we’ve had this discussion for such a long time. Others, like Georgia Interfaith Power & Light have consistently opposed the proposed project. Though we respectfully differ, we think you should share your opinion through the public comment tool.

The agency received 99 comments in the first day. There are two ways to submit a public comment. You can visit regulations.gov to submit a comment or mail your comments to the U.S. Department of State:

U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Energy Resources, Room 4843
Attn: Keystone XL Public Comments
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520

Comments are public – part of the public record. You can read the comments of others by visiting the regulations.gov webpage linked in the previous paragraph. Also, if you visit that page, don’t forget to click on the link titled “Presidential Permit Applications: TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P, National Interest…” to get some background information and a link to more resources.

In Conclusion
Why does a residential architecture firm care about the Keystone XL pipeline? It’s a great opportunity to draw attention to the lack of a comprehensive U.S. energy policy and the related issues like energy security, carbon emissions, water resource challenges and the importance of focusing on conservation before finding new means of production.

We use petroleum for much more than just fuel and we need to use it responsibly. Organizations like the Southern States Energy Board (SSEB) give us hope that we’ll find the leadership necessary to use our resources more responsibly. The SSEB, through its Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (SECARB), has demonstrated a carbon capture and sequestration project in southern Mississippi – through a regional partnership!

Though short news segments covering the proposed Keystone XL pipeline seem to focus on the more sensational parts of the discussion (like protesters), we have a lot to discuss and a lot to learn about how to be better stewards of our resources. Please share your thoughts, especially if you’re planning to leave a public comment, in our comments section below. Thanks!

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