* State review does not change conclusions of first report
* State says oil sands fuels emit more greenhouse gases
* Enviro groups say the additional review still inadequate
By Ayesha Rascoe and Timothy Gardner
WASHINGTON, April 15 The U.S. State Department
on Friday issued additional environmental analysis of the $7
billion pipeline project slated to bring crude from Canadian
oil sands to the Gulf Coast, but green groups quickly dismissed
The additional review does not change the conclusions
reached in agency's first analysis of TransCanada Corp's
(TRP.TO) proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which said there would
be limited adverse environmental impacts from the project.
The planned 1,700 mile pipeline, which would span an area
from Oklahahoma to the Gulf Coast, has run into stiff
opposition from some lawmakers from states along the proposed
route. The foes are concerned about pontential leaks over
fragile water supplies.
Green groups also oppose the line because of the additional
greenhouse gas emissions from the production of oil sands.
Following Environmental Protection Agency complaints about
its initial analysis, the State Department said last month it
would undertake the supplemental review, delaying the pipeline
The department's supplemental review included a more
in-depth evaluation of the greenhouse gas consequences of the
project, an issue the EPA said did not receive adequate
attention in the initial version released April last year.
"It is clear that (oil sands derived) crude oils, as would
likely be transported through the proposed project, are on
average somewhat more GHG-intensive than the crudes they would
displace in the U.S. refineries," the supplemental review
The department said the difference between oil sands crude
and traditional fuels would decrease over time, as more oil
required energy-intensive methods of extraction.
Despite the additional analysis, green groups said the
review was still not sufficient.
"The State Department has still not done a serious and
thorough analysis of significant dangers, including the safety
of tar sands oil pipelines and the pollution caused by tar
sands oil production," said Alex Moore, of Friends of the
The department will accept public comments on its
supplemental review from April 22 through June 6. It said it
still expects to make a final decision on whether to grant
permit for project before the end of the year.
(Additional reporting by Tom Doggett and Arshad Mohammed;
Editing by David Gregorio)