Both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the State Department are facing a lawsuit this week over records about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline's impact on wildlife. The case, filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, alleges that the agencies have refused to release documents related to the environmental analysis conducted on the pipeline's impact.
The Center aims to find out the specific areas where the pipeline could result in "severe impacts" to wildlife, especially migratory birds.
"It's revealing that the agencies are doing their best to withhold critical information from the public on Keystone XL's potential impacts to endangered species," said Jared Margolis, an attorney for the Center. "There's every reason to believe Keystone XL will have disastrous impacts on whooping cranes, piping plovers and other protected species. You can only assume that's why they're withholding these key documents - to prevent us from fully assessing these impacts, or the agency's claims to the contrary."