State Department corrects errors on Keystone XL estimates

|By:, SA News Editor

The State Department is correcting several errors it made in its study evaluating the impact of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, including a new estimate of hundreds more deaths and thousands more injuries that could occur if the project were rejected and oil traffic by rail increased.

The initial study noted that without the pipeline, companies instead would move the oil by rail, which could contribute to 700 injuries and 92 deaths over 10 years; the updated report raises those numbers more than fourfold.

TransCanada (TRP) says the update reaffirms that the safest and most environmentally responsible way to move oil is through a pipeline, opponents say the report highlights the dangers of developing Canada's oil sands at all, and State Department officials say the corrections have "no impact" on the integrity of the first report.