Obama Rejects Keystone Pipeline Permit

The Obama administration on Wednesday refused to authorize the Keystone XL oil pipeline, saying a congressionally imposed deadline left too little time to evaluate routes that would avoid an aquifer in Nebraska. The U.S. State Department has authority because the pipeline would cross an international border, passing from the tar sands of Alberta to Gulf Coast.

Canadian pipeline company TransCanada Corp. can reapply to build the link, and company leadership vowed to do so after mapping a new route arond the the Ogallala aquifer. The Keystone has met opposition because its planned route passed through the sensitive Nebraska drinking and irrigation-water source.

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