Keystone Project Director Blames GOP for Project Delays

CUSHING, OK - MARCH 22: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the southern site of the Keystone XL pipeline on March 22, 2012 in Cushing, Oklahoma. Obama is pressing federal agencies to expedite the section of the Keystone XL pipeline between Oklahoma and the Gulf Coast.
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Clare Foran
Oct. 2, 2013, 1 p.m.

Les Cher­we­nuk, dir­ect­or of Tran­sCanada’s Key­stone XL pipeline pro­ject, said Wed­nes­day that a ma­jor reas­on the pipeline has been sub­ject to delays is be­cause Re­pub­lic­ans passed a meas­ure to com­pel an ex­ec­ut­ive branch de­cision on the pipeline in 2012, Fuel Fix re­ports.

At the time, Pres­id­ent Obama said he did not have enough in­form­a­tion about the pipeline’s en­vir­on­ment­al im­pact and had to deny the per­mit on that basis, Cher­we­nuk ar­gued. “He couldn’t [ap­prove it] fun­da­ment­ally, since the work had not been com­pleted and he had no choice but to deny the per­mit,” he said at an event or­gan­ized by Hart En­ergy in Hou­s­ton.

This promp­ted Tran­sCanada to sub­mit a new ap­plic­a­tion for Key­stone XL ap­prov­al, in ef­fect re­start­ing the per­mit­ting pro­cess, Cher­we­nuk said.

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