Supporters and opponents of the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline marked the fifth anniversary of the project’s application for a cross-border permit from the US Department of State with statements, hearings, and protests.
I urge President Obama to approve the cross-border permit for the pipeline from Alberta’s oil sands to US Gulf Coast refineries.
Environmental organizations and other opponents issued statements saying that the proposed crude oil pipeline continues to be an exceptionally bad idea.
TransCanada received a similar permit for its original Keystone pipeline in 2008 after 21 months.
“If [the Obama administration] had followed the same regulatory process, Keystone XL would now be up and running, supplying America’s largest refineries on the Gulf Coast with a secure supply of lower-cost oil from producers in Western Canada and the US Bakken region