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Keystone pipeline decision to languish until mid-June-US source

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* State Dept needs to take series of steps

* Environmental review due any day

* No time frame for national interest determination

By Timothy Gardner

WASHINGTON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – The Obama administration’s decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline will not be made until at least June, a U.S. official said, which would delay the project for months and frustrate backers of Canada’s oil sands.

“We’re talking the beginning of summer at the earliest,” said the source, who did not want to be identified due to the sensitive nature of the TransCanada Corp project, which has been pending for more than four and a half years. “It’s not weeks until the final decision. It’s months.”

A series of steps still have to be taken by the State Department, where the decision will be made because the 830,000 barrels per day crude oil pipeline crosses the national border. The pipeline will link Alberta’s oil sands and North Dakota’s Bakken shale fields to refineries and ports in Texas.

The State Department did not comment for this story, but last week a spokeswoman said it did not anticipate making the decision before the end of March. Previously, the department had hinted the decision could come in the middle of the first quarter.

The administration may be delaying because the pipeline has become a symbol for both opponents and supporters of development of Canada’s vast oil sands.

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» 4 Comments

  1. Dr. Tar

    February 2nd, 2013

    Its not like it cost a single government official anything extra if there is a delay with the pipeline. They are more concern over losing the EcoRadical vote than they are about doing what is best for the rest of the nation.

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  2. Twellsy

    February 2nd, 2013

    They are trying to get us by the short-hairs, again. Gas prices are going back up, and they dangle the Keystone pipeline in front of us like a piece of meat, waiting for us to beg for it. It’s all in the plan. The lousy (explitive deleted).

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  3. Maudie N Mandeville

    February 2nd, 2013

    It doesn’t matter to them. They have their 6 figure salaries and perks with the lifetime pension plum.

    If they have any children (their liberals), they are either short-sighted or just don’t care much for them.

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  4. Carlos The Jackal

    February 2nd, 2013

    They’ve decided not to make a decision, once again.

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