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This is a very short note to provide notice to all that the U.S. Department of State has scheduled a public meeting on the KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE for April 18, 2013 in Grand Island, Nebraska.   They will be taking comment on the Supplemental EIS recently published March 8 and up for a 45 day comment period.

I'm sorry I didn't post this earlier in the day but I just am now reviewing Wednesday's Federal Register.

The FR notice is provided in full below the fold

Federal Register Volume 78, Number 59 (Wednesday, March 27, 2013)]
[Page 18665]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2013-07072]



[Public Notice 8258]

Proposed Keystone XL Project; Public Meeting Following Release of
the Draft Supplemental Impact Statement

AGENCY: Department of State.

ACTION: Notice of public meeting in Grand Island, Nebraska following
release of the Draft Supplemental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the
proposed Keystone XL project.


SUMMARY: On March 1, the Department of State released the Draft
Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Presidential
Permit application for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The document
is a draft technical review of potential environmental impacts. It does
not make any recommendations on whether the pipeline border crossing
should be approved or denied.
    Consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the
Department of State (the Department) is holding a public comment
period. The 45-day public comment period began on March 8. The
Department has decided to hold a public meeting in conjunction with the
public comment period. The Department will take into account public
comments before the Draft SEIS is finalized. Once final, the document
will help inform the U.S. government's decision on whether the Keystone
XL pipeline serves the national interest.
    Purpose of the Nebraska Meeting: The meeting in Grand Island,
Nebraska is an opportunity for the public to provide comments on the
Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and express views on
the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Participants are encouraged to
present information regarding the analysis in the Draft SEIS. The
public meeting is a listening session: the Department of State will not
be responding to questions or comments at the meeting. Written comments
will also be accepted.
    The date, location, and time of the meeting are as follows:

April 18, 2013

Heartland Events Center, 700 East Stolley Park Rd., Grand Island, NE
12:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Registration begins at 11:00 a.m.

Procedures for the Public Meeting

    Speakers: All members of the public are welcome to attend the
meeting and state their comments for the administrative record. Persons
who want to speak at the meeting will need to sign up in person at the
entrance of the meeting venue. Registration will begin at 11:00 a.m.
Those wishing to speak must be present when their turn is called or
they will forfeit their time.
    Comments: Remarks made at the meeting will be recorded,
transcribed, and entered into the administrative record and taken into
consideration as the Department prepares the Final SEIS for the
proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Each speaker will be allowed three
minutes to make remarks, to allow the maximum number of people who sign
up to speak. Speakers will be asked to state their name and any
organization with which they are affiliated.
    Depending on attendance, it may not be possible for all those who
sign up to have the opportunity to speak. The Department of State
encourages individuals who do not have the opportunity to speak or who
are unable to complete their comments in the allotted time to submit
comments on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement in
written form. Department of State officials will be available to accept
written comments at the meeting. A summary of all comments will be
incorporated in an appendix to the final version of the SEIS. In order
to ensure that comments are considered, all comments must be submitted
before the 45-day comment period ends at midnight on April 22, 2013.
    Presiding Officer: The meeting will be chaired by an official from
the Department of State. At the beginning of the meeting, the presiding
officer will explain the Department's process for making a decision on
the Permit, but will not respond to questions or comments.
    Protocol: We ask attendees to respect the meeting procedures to
ensure a constructive information gathering session that enables the
maximum number of participants to express their views. No signs or
banners will be allowed inside the meeting venue and comments should be
directed at the presiding officer rather than at other attendees. The
presiding officer will use his/her discretion in order to ensure that
the meeting is conducted in an orderly manner.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A comprehensive description of the
proposed Project, up-to-date information regarding the federal review
process, and the Draft Supplemental Impact Statement are available at
    Comments can be submitted by the following methods:
     Email at; or
     Mailed to the following address: U.S. Department of State,
Attn: Genevieve Walker, NEPA Coordinator, 2201 C Street NW., Room 2726,
Washington, DC 20520.
    As noted above, in order for comments to be considered they must be
submitted by midnight on April 22, 2013.
    Media Contacts: Please contact Imani Esparza at 202-736-7120 or via
email at

    Issued in Washington, DC, on March 22, 2013.
George Sibley,
Office Director, Office of Environmental Quality and Transboundary
Issues, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific
Affairs, U.S. Department of State.
[FR Doc. 2013-07072 Filed 3-26-13; 8:45 am]

Originally posted to LakeSuperior on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 08:55 PM PDT.

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