Friday, November 11, 2011

Obama Delays Decision on Keystone XL

The U.S. Department of State announced Thursday afternoon that it will postpone making a decision on whether TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL Pipeline project is in the national interest until at least early 2013.

Under Executive Order 13337, the State Department can issue Presidential Permits for transborder pipelines projects that it deems are in the national interest. The department has led what it calls a "transparent, thorough and rigorous" review of TransCanda's permit application for the Keystone XL project, and the executive order directs the secretary of state or a designee to consult with at least eight other federal agencies. The pipeline would carry crude oil approximately 1,661 miles from Alberta's Oil Sands to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast.

This past summer, the State Department issued its Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project under the National Environment Policy Act (NEPA). The agency found that the 36-inch-diameter pipeline would pose "no significant impacts" to most resources along the proposed route. Prior to Thursday's decision to delay making the national interest determination, the State Department accepted public comments during a 90-day review period. Click here for a timeline showing the agency's role in the permit review process......Read the entire article.

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