State Department To Reject Keystone XL Pipeline Reroute

Fox News is reporting that the State Department will reject the Keystone XL pipeline project, saying the sensitive aquifiers in Nebraska–en route from Canada to Texas, where the pipeline begins and ends–could be adversely affected by the construction and that 60 days is not enough time to assess potential damage.

The Keystone XL extension was proposed in 2008 to opposition from environmental protection groups who argue there has not been enough study on the potential adverse affects of a pipeline. Fifty member of Congress orignally signed a pledge against the extension, saying it contradicted the U.S.’s clean energy policies. Proponents have shot back saying it is a step away from the country’s dependence on foreign oil.

The State Department has no official affect on the decision. That power, Republicans and Democrats alike are pointing out, remains with the president.

The pipeline has the potential to “create 100,000 new jobs almost immediately,” said Speaker of the House John Boehner. “He should say yes.”

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–George Mendoza