-By John M. Broder and Dan Frosch
November 10, 2011- The Obama administration, under sharp pressure from officials in Nebraska and restive environmental activists, announced Thursday that it would review the route of the disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline, effectively delaying any decision about its fate until after the 2012 election.
The State Department said in a statement that it was ordering a review of alternate routes to avoid the environmentally sensitive Sand Hills region of Nebraska, which would have been put at risk by a rupture of the 1,700-mile pipeline carrying a heavy form of crude extracted from oil sands formations in Alberta to refineries in Oklahoma and the Gulf Coast.
-By Stephen C. Webster
November 10, 2011- The Obama administration plans to move a key decision on whether to approve the massive Keystone XL tar sands pipeline until after the 2012 presidential election, according to reports late Thursday that cited administration insiders.
While an official announcement was expected sometime this week, administration sources told USA Today and The New York Times that a decision would not be made before the election, and that the pipeline’s route may ultimately be changed.
The revelation comes just days after the Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced it would investigate how the State Dept. handled the deal with TransCanada to secure the pipeline’s route.