I found this item on the web today about the evaluation of the Keystone XL northern route application thanks to a tweet from Brendan DeMelle (@bdemelle) that was retweeted by CMD's PRWATCH (thank you for this new source of info : http://www.desmogblog.com/ ). When ten of the nation’s top climate scientists write a letter to the US Secretary of State questioning the methods being used to evaluate the Keystone XL northern route, you know that things are not looking good for stopping this thing. Political pressure may end up getting the northern route built (I hope not), contrary to the advice of these and other scientists that have spoken out against the project. According to Brendan DeMelle,
The State Department is currently accepting comments on the scoping evaluation that will determine what environmental considerations will be included in the supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) required for the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline.The public comment period ends July 30.
The evaluation of the application for the extension of the Keystone pipeline southern route into Texas is a separate important issue, and is still in the hands of the US Army Corp of Engineers. Some of the districts the extension will pass through have given approval already, while other districts' decisions are still pending.