White House to Reject Keystone Pipeline
Obama won't issue permit, but company can reapply with alternate route
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2012 12:01 PM CST
Protesters opposing the Keystone XL pipeline carry a mock pipeline in Lincoln, Neb., in September.   (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

(Newser) – The White House will not allow the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to be built as is: The State Department is expected to make the announcement official this afternoon, but it's spreading the word in the meantime via anonymous sources in the big news outlets, including the Washington Post, Politico, and the Los Angeles Times. The Obama administration will apparently let TransCanada apply again, probably within a matter of weeks, this time with an alternate route that avoids sensitive land in Nebraska.

Today's development isn't a big surprise, notes the LA Times: Congress mandated that the White House make a decision on the permit by Feb. 21 as part of the payroll-tax deal that passed late last year. The administration has said all along it would not have time to complete the necessary review process in that time. By making the announcement now, President Obama will get a chance to defend the move in his State of the Union speech next week, notes Politico. The pipeline would deliver oil from Canada to the Gulf.

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Jan 19, 2012 8:35 AM CST
He really doesn't care about the welfare of our country. Sad
Jan 18, 2012 5:45 PM CST
The answer is, build a refinnery on the Canada-America border. The saving to the oil company would be enormous,no more shipping gas to the region,we would have our own supply.
Jan 18, 2012 5:17 PM CST
Can anybody focus and actually address the facts... 1) this is not about jobs. To equate this about jobs is like claiming that the bombing of the twin towers in NYC was a good thing because it created jobs,ie. the overtime for police and firefighters, all the extra work for healthcare workers and insurance filers and the construction of new buildings. This is about taking the time to research if it is an evironmentally safe project. It was not a project that was rejected, it just wasn't approved now.