Canadian Government to White House: End Keystone Pipeline “˜Limbo’

CUSHING, OK - MARCH 22: Pipe is stacked at the southern site of the Keystone XL pipeline on March 22, 2012 in Cushing, Oklahoma. U.S. President Barack Obama is pressing federal agencies to expedite the section of the Keystone XL pipeline between Oklahoma and the Gulf Coast. 
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Ben Geman
Jan. 16, 2014, 12:02 p.m.

The Ca­na­dian gov­ern­ment is get­ting sick of Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion dither­ing over wheth­er to ap­prove the Key­stone XL oil-sands pipeline.

Re­u­ters re­ports on new com­ments by John Baird, Canada’s for­eign min­is­ter, who spoke to the U.S. Cham­ber of Com­merce Thursday.

Baird said even bad news would be prefer­able to no news.

“The time for Key­stone is now. I’ll go fur­ther — the time for a de­cision on Key­stone is now, even if it’s not the right one. We can’t con­tin­ue in this state of limbo,” he said.

Ca­na­dian of­fi­cials have for years lob­bied the White House to ap­prove the pro­ject, which would bring crude oil from Al­berta’s oil-sands pro­jects to Gulf Coast re­finer­ies.

The State De­part­ment is fin­ish­ing up its latest en­vir­on­ment­al ana­lys­is of the pro­ject, but the fi­nal de­cision is ex­pec­ted to come from the West Wing.

Baird told re­port­ers on Cap­it­ol Hill Wed­nes­day that he plans to make Key­stone a top fo­cus when he meets with U.S. Sec­ret­ary of State John Kerry on Fri­day.


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