Obama administration rejects Keystone oil pipeline 18 Jan 12

A group of demonstrators rally against the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline outside President Barack Obama's fundraiser at the W Hotel in San Francisco, October 25, 2011.

By Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton

WASHINGTON | Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:09pm EST

(Reuters) – The Obama administration on Wednesday rejected the Keystone crude oil pipeline project, a decision welcomed by environmental groups but blasted by the domestic energy industry.

U.S. President Barack Obama said TransCanada’s application for the 1,700-mile (2,740-km) pipeline was denied because the State Department did not have enough time to complete the review process.

“This announcement is not a judgment on the merits of the pipeline, but the arbitrary nature of a deadline that prevented the State Department from gathering the information necessary to approve the project and protect the American people,” Obama said in a statement.

With environmental groups concerned about carbon emissions from oil sands production, the administration in November delayed a decision on a presidential permit for the project until 2013.

But lawmakers that support the project attached a measure to a tax-cut law passed at the end of last year that set a February deadline for a decision.

  • B-man

    WE HATE YOU OBAMA!!!!!!!!!

  • Sr citizen

    I watched a program this week on CCTV, the Chinese government
    English language Tv Network.

    The government of Chinese has opened talks with the government
    of Canada  for a joined

    effort to build a oil pipe line from center Canada to the
    Canadian west coast. While U.S. studies

    the Keystone pipeline. Guess were Canadian oil will be
    going.