Report Opens Way to Approval for Keystone Pipeline, New York Times ($)

By Coral Davenport • Jan. 31, 2014

Pipes for the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline lie at the ready in a field in Gascoyne, N.D.
Pipes for the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline lie at the ready in a field in Gascoyne, N.D. (Credit: Nathan Vanderklippe/Globe & Mail/Reuters)

WASHINGTON — The State Department released a report on Friday concluding that the Keystone XL pipeline would not substantially worsen carbon pollution, leaving an opening for President Obama to approve the politically divisive project.

The department’s long-awaited environmental impact statement appears to indicate that the project could pass the criteria Mr. Obama set forth in a speech last summer when he said he would approve the 1,700-mile pipeline if it would not “significantly exacerbate” the problem of greenhouse gas emissions. Although the pipeline would carry 830,000 barrels of oil a day from Canada to the Gulf Coast, the report appears to indicate that if it were not built, carbon-heavy oil would still be extracted at the same rate from pristine Alberta forest and transported to refineries by rail instead. MORE>>


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