Obama Says Study is Needed Before Keystone XL Approval
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.