EPA worried about leaks on planned Keystone pipe

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Posted: Jun 07, 2011 11:43 AM
EPA worried about leaks on planned Keystone pipe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency raised new concerns to the State Department about TransCanada Corp's proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would bring polluting oil sands crude from Canada to the U.S. market.

In a letter on Monday to the State Department, the EPA said it was worried about the pipeline's impact on groundwater from any spills and well as its effect on emission levels at U.S. Gulf Coast oil refineries.

The EPA said two recent leaks in May along the company's existing Keystone pipeline underscored the need for the State Department to "carefully consider" both the route of the planned expansion of the pipeline and what measures are needed to prevent and detect spills.

(Reporting by Tom Doggett, Ayesha Rascoe and Timothy Gardner)