Opponents of a massive Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline converged on a snowy Nebraska town Thursday for a critical hearing on the project, but they already were preparing possible acts of civil disobedience should President Barack Obama ultimately approve it.
The Army Corps of Engineers has approved part of a Canadian company's plan to build an oil pipeline along the Texas Gulf Coast. The corps said in a letter Monday that TransCanada has approval for a 115-mile portion of pipeline near Galveston. The company still needs approval for two other sections of the 485-mile line designed to transport oil to Texas refineries.
WATCH VIDEOS at bottom of article President Barack Obama is hitting back at Republican criticism of his energy policies and his role in controlling gasoline prices, a line of argument North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple refuted in the Republican weekly address.
Trade unions representing workers who stand to benefit from thousands of new construction jobs from the Keystone XL pipeline are furious at other unions that joined environmentalists in opposing the project.
Assistant Secretary of State Kerri-Ann Jones told Congress that the bill "imposes narrow time constraints and creates automatic mandates that prevent an informed decision" on the $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline.
Sensing a political opening, congressional Republicans are moving toward a high-stakes showdown with President Barack Obama over a plan to link fast-tracked approval of an oil pipeline to a measure renewing a payroll tax cut.
Fresh off a major victory in Nebraska, opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline promised a renewed effort today to kill the contentious project that would pump Canadian crude from tar sands deposits in Alberta to Texas Gulf Coast refineries.
The U.S. government last week delayed a decision on granting a permit for Keystone XL, principally because of concerns about the pipeline's environmental impact, particularly in Nebraska. TransCanada announced Monday it will make changes in the Nebraska route.
With noisy protestors demonstrating nearby, a top State Department official insisted today that a decision on whether a Canadian company can go forward with a plan to pipe oil from tar sands in western Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast will be fair and above board.
Henry C. Jackson and Matthew Daly
, October 07, 2011
U.S. officials illegally allowed a Canadian company to begin preparing the route for its proposed 1,700-mile-long oil pipeline from western Canada to Texas, even though the project hasn't gained final government approval, three conservationist groups contend in a lawsuit filed today.
Grant Schulte and Margery A. Beck
, October 05, 2011
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