Interior Department: Building Keystone pipeline could damage U.S. parks

|By:, SA News Editor

Building the Keystone XL pipeline would lead to more man-made light and noise in sparsely populated areas, which may harm natural resources, wildlife and visitors to national parks, the U.S. Interior Department says in a review sent to the State Department.

TransCanada (TRP), the project’s builder, isn’t adequately dealing with risks to "cultural soundscapes" and "high quality night skies," according to the review, and should employ measures such as shielded, full-cutoff lighting, timers and motion sensitive switches and use “the minimum amount of illumination” for tasks along the pipeline.