The National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) has slammed a proposed pipeline that would carry petroleum byproduct from Alberta to the Gulf Coast.
The oil company that is building the pipeline, Marathon Petroleum, claims the project will be safer than other pipelines that carry the oil.
However, the NRDC argues the pipeline will be harmful to local communities.
The pipeline is already under construction, but is not finished, according to the group.
The organization is also critical of the pipeline’s location in the Alaskan wilderness.
The Alaska Wilderness Alliance, a coalition of Alaska Native tribes, recently asked the federal government to take action to halt construction of the Pipeline Safety Project, a proposed $9.8 billion pipeline that carries oil byproduct to a refinery in Illinois.
The alliance has called the pipeline “a potential environmental catastrophe.”
The Pipeline Safety Plan (PSP), the EPA’s “road map” for the pipeline that has been stalled for years, includes proposals to protect communities, reduce emissions, and mitigate threats to the environment, the National Resource Defence Council wrote in a report released today.
“The pipeline’s path will lead to significant air pollution, irreparable damage to the Arctic ecosystem, and irreversible damage to our state’s fragile ecosystem,” the NRDS wrote.
“This pipeline poses a clear and present danger to the health and well-being of Alaskans and visitors to Alaska.”
In the video above, NRDC director of regulatory affairs Scott Gessler explains the reasons why the group opposes the pipeline.
The EPA has a long history of permitting and approving dangerous projects. “
As we’ve said repeatedly in this fight, we oppose the Pipeline Integrity Project because it’s dangerous.
The EPA has a long history of permitting and approving dangerous projects.
But in this case, the data simply doesn’t bear that out. “
BP and Marathon Petroleum have been using science and data to argue that this pipeline is safe, and we agree with them.
We will continue working with local tribes and environmental groups to fight for Alaska’s pristine natural resources, and to ensure that this project is not allowed to move forward. “
“As a result, we will continue to fight this pipeline in court.
We will continue working with local tribes and environmental groups to fight for Alaska’s pristine natural resources, and to ensure that this project is not allowed to move forward.
“If the pipeline is approved, we plan to move this pipeline to Illinois, where it will be built, to ensure it doesn’t contaminate any communities in our state.”