The pipeline would be underground for God’s sake — in a region where there are already many pipelines.
Building the Keystone XL pipeline would lead to more man-made light and noise in sparsely populated regions, which may harm natural resources, wildlife and visitors to national parks, the Interior Department said.
In comments submitted to the State Department as part of an environmental review, Interior warned that developer TransCanada Corp. isn’t adequately dealing with risks to “cultural soundscapes” and “high-quality night skies” from disturbances during construction and from pumping stations that keep oil flowing along the route.
“The cumulative effects of the project could adversely impact the quality of the night skies and the overall photic environment,” Willie Taylor, director of the Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance at Interior, wrote in a letter April 29. The State Department posted the letter on its website this week as it releases 1.2 million comments received about the project.