In today's episode, we depart from the usual format to highlight the voices of Montanans making public comments at the recent Montana Department of Environmental Quality meeting about the Section 401 water crossing permit for Keystone XL.
The permit under consideration will determine whether the Keystone XL pipeline meets water quality standards under section 401 of the the federal Clean Water Act. This is a state-level consideration. The 3-hour public comment meeting was held on November 16. And as you will hear, not a single commenter spoke out in favor of granting the permit for KXL.
For more information on this permitting process, check the MT DEQ website at: https://deq.mt.gov/DEQAdmin/mfs/keystonexl/keystonexlcomprehensive
Music this episode by Alexei Desmarais. Special thanks to the staff of the Montana DEQ offices, in particular to Moira Davins and Keenan Storrar. Special thanks also to all of the commenters who bravely put their voices to the public record. This is what democracy looks like.