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UPDATE: TransCanada will re-apply for pipeline permit

UPDATE: The TransCanada Corporation announced today that it will re-apply for a Keystone XL permit.

"This outcome is one of the scenarios we anticipated. While we are disappointed, TransCanada remains fully committed to the construction of Keystone XL. Plans are already underway on a number of fonts to largely maintain the construction schedule of the project," said Russ Girling, TransCanada's president and CEO, "We will re-apply for a presidential permit and expect a new application would be processed in an expedited manner to allow for an in-service date of late 2014."


Released by U.S. Department of State:

Today, the Department of State recommended to President Obama that the presidential permit for the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline be denied and, that at this time, the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline be determined not to serve the national interest.  The President concurred with the Department's recommendation, which was predicated on the fact that the Department does not have sufficient time to obtain the information necessary to assess whether the project, in its current state, is in the national interest.

Since 2008, the Department has been conducting a transparent, thorough, and rigorous review of TransCanada's permit application for the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline project.  As a result of this process, particularly given the concentration of concerns regarding the proposed route through the Sand Hills area of Nebraska, on November 10, 2011, the Department announced that it could not make a national interest determination regarding the permit application without additional information.  Specifically, the Department called for an assessment of alternative pipeline routes that avoided the uniquely sensitive terrain of the Sand Hills in Nebraska.  The Department estimated, based on prior projects of similar length and scope, that it could complete the necessary review to make a decision by the first quarter of 2013.  In consultations with the State of Nebraska and TransCanada, they agreed with the estimated timeline.

On December 23, 2011, the Congress passed the Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011 ("the Act").  The Act provides 60 days for the President to determine whether the Keystone XL pipeline is in the national interest – which is insufficient for such a determination.

The Department's denial of the permit application does not preclude any subsequent permit application or applications for similar projects.


UPDATE: WASHINGTON (AP) - Senior official: Obama administration to reject massive oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.


WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is presenting its case for rejecting a Canadian company's plan to build an oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.

White House spokesman Jay Carney stopped short of saying a decision had been made. But amid a flurry of reports Wednesday that President Barack Obama would reject the Keystone XL pipeline, Carney suggested an announcement could be imminent.

Obama faces a Feb. 21 deadline to decide whether the pipeline is in the national interest. Carney says the deadline is "purely political" and does not give the State Department enough time to properly view the pipeline proposal.

The $7 billion pipeline would run through six states and carry oil from Canada to Texas Gulf Coast refineries.

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