Obama Rejects the Keystone XL Pipeline Permit Application

President Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline Plan

NPR, November 6, 2015. Image credit: aitoff

Ending a process that has lingered for much of his time in the Oval Office, President Obama announced Friday that the U.S. has rejected TransCanada’s application for a permit to complete the Keystone XL pipeline.

The president said that “after extensive public outreach” and consultations, the State Department determined that the proposal “would not serve the national interests of the United States.” He added, “I agree with that decision.”

Calling the permit denial “politics at its worst,” Gerard added, “the White House has placed political calculations above sound science. Seven years of review have determined the project is safe and environmentally sound, yet the administration has turned its back on Canada with this decision, and on U.S. energy security as well.”

The official rejection, which had been rumored for days, comes after TransCanada on Tuesday asked the State Department to suspend its review of its permit application, citing ongoing debate over its route in Nebraska. Plans for the pipeline had called for it to stretch from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf of Mexico. Hundreds of miles of the projected route have already been completed.

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