WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he's denying an application for a Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline because a GOP-mandated deadline didn't allow time for a full review.
Obama says his decision isn't a judgment on the merits of the proposed $7 billion pipeline. Rather, he's citing the "arbitrary nature" of the February 21st deadline that was set by a GOP-written provision in a recent tax bill that Obama signed.
The president says in a statement that he's disappointed that Republicans in Congress forced the decision. Obama initially had until late next month to decide whether the pipeline was in the national interest.
Administration officials say the looming deadline cut short the time needed to conduct environmental reviews after the State Department ordered the project developer to find an alternate route to avoid environmentally sensitive areas of Nebraska.
The 1,700-mile pipeline would carry oil from tar sands in western Canada to refineries in Texas. It would pass through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma.
Boehner: Keystone Breaks Obama's Jobs Promise
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner says President Barack Obama is breaking his promise to create jobs by rejecting a plan to build an oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.
Boehner says Republicans will keep fighting for the Keystone XL pipeline because the project is good for the U.S. economy as it would create thousands of jobs.
Canadian Company to Reapply for Pipeline Permit
HOUSTON (AP) - The Canadian company seeking to build a Canada-to-Texas pipeline says it will reapply for a permit after President Barack Obama announced he had rejected the current proposal.
TransCanada's CEO and president, Russ Girling, says Obama's announcement on Wednesday was not entirely surprising. He says the company plans to reapply for a presidential permit for the proposed 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline.
Obama says he turned down the proposal because Congress gave him a 60-day deadline that did not allow for a thorough review of the project. He made clear the company was free to reapply for the permit.
TransCanada says it is working with officials in Nebraska to find a route through the state that avoids environmentally sensitive areas.
Wyoming Legislators Voice Disagreement
Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., released a statement Wednesday following the White House announcement to halt the pipeline, stating that the decision should have been a “no-brainer” for President Obama because of the reprieve it would have granted the U.S. from dependence on foreign oil.
Enzi said that he doesn't know how the president determined that creating 2,000 jobs and moving toward energy independence from the Middle East and Venzuela was not in the country's best interest.
Sen John Barrasso, R- Wyo., also expressed his disagreement on Wednesday, saying the President is using the issue to please environmental groups leading up to the election, and ignoring the best interest of the country.