Keystone XL oil pipeline clears significant hurdle - KOTA Territory News

Keystone XL oil pipeline clears significant hurdle


By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

       WASHINGTON (AP) _ The proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada has cleared a significant hurdle after the State Department raised no major environmental objections to its construction.
       The department's report was released Friday. It says Canadian tar sands are likely to be developed regardless of U.S. action on the pipeline and other options to get the oil from western Canada to Texas Gulf Coast refineries are worse for the environment.
       The latest environmental review stops short of recommending approval of the project.
       But the report gives the Obama administration political cover if it chooses to endorse the pipeline in spite of opposition from many Democrats and environmental groups. State Department approval of the project is needed because it crosses a U.S. border. A decision is not expected before the summer.

South Dakota reaction to Keystone pipeline report

       SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) _ South Dakota's Republican members of Congress say the latest State Department report on the Keystone XL pipeline should prompt the president to approve it.
       The agency raised no major environmental objections to the planned $7 billion pipeline from Canada through the heart of the U.S.
       Sen. John Thune says President Barack Obama could create thousands of jobs with his signature but has catered to far-left special interest groups for five years. Rep. Kristi Noem says the president is running out of excuses.
       The pipeline would cut across part of farm and ranch land operated by Paul Seamans, of Draper. He still thinks the project threatens underground water supplies and there's no guarantee the oil won't be exported.


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