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Obama Says Study is Needed Before Keystone XL Approval

April 7, 2011

On Wednesday, April 6, President Obama spoke for the first time about the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline project. Obama addressed the environmental concerns about the potentially “destructive” pipeline. However, he did go on to say, “importing oil from countries that are stable and friendly is a good thing”. Canada.com reported on the President’s speech.

Speaking publicly for the first time about the Keystone XL project, Obama referred to Alberta’s bitumen deposits as “tarsands” — the term favoured by environmentalists — but refused to offer an opinion about whether the 3,200-kilometre pipeline should be approved.

“These tarsands, there are some environmental questions about how destructive they are, potentially, what are the dangers there, and we’ve got to examine all those questions.”

The US State Department is expected to make a decision on the project before the end of 2011.

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  1. April 19, 2011 3:16 pm

    State Department weighs whether to grant a presidential permit required because the project crosses an international boundary.State Department officials delayed the process further last month by ordering a supplemental environmental impact study to address concerns about pipeline safety and climate change issues around oilsands production.It makes absolutely no sense to delay this Keystone XL pipeline said Rep. Canada is the biggest supplier providing about 23 per cent of Americas oil imports but Keystone XL would provide a new link to Texas refineries.I would rather the U.S.

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