This isn't the first time uncertainty about the route of the Keystone XL pipeline through Nebraska has led the Obama administration to delay in a permitting decision.
President Barack Obama cited the undetermined final alignment through the state when he denied the project in early 2012. That was the same reason State Department officials on Friday gave for extending a national interest determination review of the revised route, a move that likely puts off a decision until 2015 -- until after the mid-term elections.
The decision was scored as blatantly political by project proponents over the weekend, criticism that will continue for months to come. Yet it also opens the administration to renewed public pressure from opponents to reject the $5.4 billion TransCanada line once and for all.
Obama administration officials on Friday declined to say when they might approve or deny construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada, following the announcement by the State Department of a new delay in completing its review process.
Senior department officials, who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity, denied trying to slow the $5.4 billion oil sands crude pipeline project past the November elections, as critics charged after the announcement.
NELIGH, Neb. (AP) — Opponents of a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast have stamped a massive message of resistance into a Nebraska field that is in the project's path.
The artwork, which covers 80 acres and was done last week, reads "Heartland#NoKXL." It is the latest protest environmentalists and landowners have employed against TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
Critics of the pipeline want President Barack Obama to reject the project because they fear it could contaminate groundwater and contribute to pollution.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Following an intensive amendment process that began last week, the House Resources Committee on Wednesday passed out its rewrite of a bill aimed at advancing a major liquefied natural gas project.
The committee considered dozens of proposed amendments and debated many of them at length — even some that were ultimately withdrawn — over the course of several days.
Co-chair Dan Saddler, R-Eagle River, said he thought Alaskans could take comfort that the committee did "good, hard work." Rep. Peggy Wilson, R-Wrangell, said she thought the bill was fair to all concerned.
Some lawmakers in Alaska's legislature are expressing dissatisfaction with the role pipeline company TransCanada would play in the proposal to build a major natural gas facility in the state, E&E reports.
Keystone XL pipeline advocates hold press conference to highlight national security arguments. Sen. John Hoeven, Rep. Lee Terry, TransCanada Vice President Alex Poubaix, Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer, API President Jack Gerard, others to speak.
The public comment period on the State Department's Keystone XL pipeline review ended on Friday, with opponents sending more than 2 million comments opposing the project, doubling the comments in support of the pipeline, The Washington Post reports.
TransCanada chief Russ Girling told National Journal at the CERAWeek conference that he's more confident of getting approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, arguing that the State Department's environmental review answered all major questions about the project.
Texas refiners are now getting Alberta crude through the southern leg of Keystone XL, TransCanada CEO Russell Girling told FuelFix, adding that fresh legal troubles in Nebraska are just a "bump in the road" for the pipeline's controversial northern leg.
The State Department's internal watchdog said Wednesday that officials chose the contractor for the Keystone XL pipeline environmental review in compliance with its internal rules and did not violate conflict of interest safeguards.
The finding by Assistant Inspector General for Audits Norman P. Brown led to new calls by advocates and owner TransCanada for approval of the controversial $5.4 billion project, which would connect Alberta's oil sands with Gulf Coast refineries.
Under pressure from Democrats, Republican and the White House to step down, Rafael Moure-Eraso has resigned as chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, although the CSB said he would remain a member until mid-April, National Journal reports.
A budget amendment from Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., which some say is a referendum on opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, was approved on a 59-40 vote, E&E reports.
Oil has started to give back some of its recent gains as fears that the Yemen conflict would affect the supply in the region have receded. U.S. benchmark crude was $1.05 lower to $50.38 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent also fell $1.05 to $58.14, Reuters reports.
Brazil’s troubled state-run oil company has picked development bank chief Luciano Coutinho as chairman, disappointing some who had wanted to see an outsider in the post, The Wall Street Journal reports.