The U.S. Department of State (Department) announces the availability for public review and comment of the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Draft SEIS) for the Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. The Draft SEIS—consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969—updates the 2014 Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, analyzes the impacts related to changes in the Project since 2014, and incorporates current information and new studies, as applicable. In connection with the publication of the Draft SEIS, the Department plans to hold a public meeting in Billings, Montana, on Tuesday, October 29.
The Department invites members of the public, government agencies, tribal governments, and all other interested parties to comment on the Draft SEIS during the 45-day public comment period, ending on November 18, 2019. Comments provided by agencies and organizations should list a designated contact person. All comments received during the public comment period may be publicized; they will be neither private nor edited to delete either identifying or contact information. Commenters should omit information that they do not want disclosed. Any party who will either solicit or aggregate other people's comments should convey this cautionary note.
The Department plans to hold a public meeting on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at the Billings Hotel & Convention Center, 1223 Mullowney Lane, Billings, MT 59101, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. MDT. This open house-style gathering will afford members of the public the opportunity to speak with Department officials, learn more about the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline project, and provide comments on the Draft SEIS. Further details will be available at state.gov/releases-keystone-xl-pipeline.