BISMARCK -- The TransCanada Keystone Pipeline "would result in limited adverse environmental impacts" in North Dakota and other states it will pass through, the U.S. government says.

The State Department has released its final environmental impact statement on the project, though it will still accept public comment until about Feb. 11, then issue a final order.

The Dakota Resource Council, whose members have opposed the line or asked for changes in the proposed route through North Dakota, will "absolutely" be offering comment on the document, a spokesman for the group said this morning.

Some landowners in Walsh and Nelson counties held a meeting about the EIS on Wednesday night in Dahlen, N.D.

Public Service Commissioner Kevin Cramer said this morning that the document does not affect the PSC's upcoming decision on Keystone line's route through North Dakota.

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The final EIS is available on line at

It is also available at public libraries in Cavalier, Cooperstown, Enderlin, Forman, Grand Forks, Lakota, LaMoure, Langdon, Mayville, Oakes, Park River, Valley City and Walhalla. Feds: Keystone pipeline would have 'limited' impact on N.D. environment Janell Cole 20080117