Keystone XL pipeline still on hold after State Dept. decision

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April 19, 2014

The State Department put a hold on the Keystone XL pipeline application Friday, delaying the controversial project until after a Nebraska court case is concluded and once again halting the controversial project that has dogged President Obama’s second term.

A Nebraska judge ruled earlier this year that the state cut corners in its permitting process for the pipeline, which left the project in limbo there, even as the federal government was still considering whether to approve the pipeline.

Keystone would bring crude oil from Canada’s oil shale deposits into the U.S. for refinement. Critics fear the environmental repercussions, while advocates said it would be a major economic and energy boost.

“Here’s the single greatest shovel-ready project in America — one that could create thousands of jobs right away — but the president simply isn’t interested,” Sen. Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said after Friday’s decision. “Apparently radical activists carry more weight than Americans desperate to get back on the job. More jobs left behind in the Obama economy.”

Other critics focused on the geopolitical significance of the decision, amid the energy-fueled fights between Russia and Eastern Europe.

  • CTH

    By whose definition is the Keystone pipeline controversial? Your writers should know better and if they do not they should be fired.

  • defiant1

    On hold my backside, it is another ploy for Obama to hold the US hostage to his Marxist agenda.

  • BH

    Another campaign-based decision by this administration. By deciding not to decide now, it allows the Democrat Party candidates to make statements in their campaign based on what their state wants. For those that want the pipeline they can say he hasn’t said “no” to the project. For those against it, they claim he is resisting the push by the “far right wing” to create more pollution. Obama is always in campaign mode.

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