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A Brief History of the Keystone Pipeline


Posted by Tom Fletcher on Thursday, September 19th, 2013, 2:32 PM PERMALINK


With still no sign of whether or not the President will approve the Keystone Pipeline, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce has put out a new release on their website chronicling, somewhat comically, the administrations dithering over the project. The original application for the project was filed with the State Department on September 19 2008 and five years later it still languishes in uncertainty.
 
A Brief History of the Keystone Pipeline:
 
On September 19, 2008, five years ago, when TransCanada first submitted its application to the U.S. State Department to build the Keystone XL pipeline, a $7 billion private infrastructure project that would create thousands of jobs and advance America’s energy security
 
In April 2010, when the State Department issued its Draft Environmental Impact Statement, which said the pipeline “would result in limited adverse environmental impacts during both construction and operation”

In October 2010, when then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked about approval of the pipeline in 2010 and she said, "We are inclined to do so”
 
 

Summer 2011, when almost three years had passed since the application and we still didn’t have a pipeline
 
In July 2011, when the House of Representatives approved H.R. 1938, the North American-Made Energy Security Act, to expedite construction of the pipeline
 
In December 2011, when both the House and Senate unanimously approved – and President Obama signed into law – a bill requiring approval of the Keystone XL pipeline within 60 days unless the president determines the project does not serve the national interest

In January 2012, when after over three years of review, President Obama formally rejected the pipeline’s Presidential Permit and asked TransCanada to reapply
 
In February 2012, when the House of Representatives approved legislation to remove the president’s authority of the pipeline’s permit
 
In March 2012, when President Obama personally lobbied the Senate to kill an amendment calling for congressional approval of Keystone XL
 
In late March 2012, when the president traveled to Cushing, Oklahoma, to take undue credit for the southern leg of the pipeline stating, “I don’t want the energy jobs of tomorrow going to other countries. I want them here in the United States of America

In January 2013, when Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman approved TransCanada's proposed reroute of the pipeline through the Cornhusker State

In March 2013, when the State Department issued its Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement which confirmed the pipeline will have limited adverse environmental impacts

In late March 2013, when the Senate passed a budget amendment urging approval of Keystone XL by a vote of 62-37

In April 2013, when the House of Representatives approved H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act, to end the delays and allow the project to move forward

Today, after five years, when the president has still not approved Keystone XL, keeping America waiting for thousands of jobs and greater energy security
 
To see all the comical GIFS, visit Energy and Commerce's site here
 

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