Keystone Xl Pipeline Rejected

January 25, 2012 by staff 

Keystone Xl Pipeline Rejected, The Obama Administration on Wednesday rejected the permit application for construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf oil processing facilities, citing “a rushed and arbitrary deadline insisted on by Congressional Republicans prevented a full assessment of the pipeline’s impact, especially the health and safety of the American people, as well as our environment. As a result, the Secretary of State has recommended that the application be denied. And after reviewing the State Department’s report, I agree.”

The administration indicateed that the pipeline’s builder, TransCanada Corp., could reapply. TransCanada had first applied in 2008 and had received clearances from the Environmental Protection Agency. But since the pipeline crossed national borders State Department approval was needed.

“This announcement is not a judgment on the merits of the pipeline, but the arbitrary nature of a deadline that prevented the State Department from gathering the information necessary to approve the project and protect the American people,” President Obama said. “I’m disappointed that Republicans in Congress forced this decision, but it does not change my Administration’s commitment to American-made energy that creates jobs and reduces our dependence on oil. Under my Administration, domestic oil and natural gas production is up, while imports of foreign oil are down. In the months ahead, we will continue to look for new ways to partner with the oil and gas industry to increase our energy security – including the potential development of an oil pipeline from Cushing, Oklahoma to the Gulf of Mexico – even as we set higher efficiency standards for cars and trucks and invest in alternatives like biofuels and natural gas. And we will do so in a way that benefits American workers and businesses without risking the health and safety of the American people and the environment.”

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