Keystone XL will wait for a better route through Nebraska.

A Republican proposal to speed up the construction of the Keystone XL crude pipeline that will run from Canada all the way to refineries in Texas was defeated by Senate Democrats on Thursday. This 7 Billion Dollar project being undertaken by TransCanada is an extension of the Keystone pipeline that is already in operation bringing synthetic Crude oil and diluted bitumen from Athabasca oil sands in Northern Alberta, Canada to multiple destinations in the United States.

The Keystone XL extension has come under fire from Environmental Protection Agency, who had originally criticized the draft environmental impact study saying that it was inadequate and had not fully analyzed  oil spill response plans, safety issues and greenhouse gas concerns, and needed to be revised. In a final environmental impact report released in August 26, 2011 the agency said that though the pipeline would not have a significant environmental impact it would have an adverse effect on cultural resources. Protests brought the matter before President Obama and in November 2011, the final decision on the Keystone XL was postponed to 2013, while a more detailed impact study is conducted.

 

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