US delays massive oil pipeline from Canada

WASHINGTON (AP) The State Department is ordering the developer of a pipeline that would carry oil from western Canada to Texas to reroute it around environmentally sensitive areas of Nebraska.

That means possibly delaying a final U.S. decision until after the 2012 election.

The decision to order Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. to figure out a way around an area that supplies water to eight states will require an environmental review of the new section. That review probably would take at least a year.

Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. is seeking to build the $7 billion pipeline to carry oil derived from tar sands in Alberta, Canada, to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast.

Part of the 1,700-mile pipeline as designed now would pass through Nebraska's Sandhills region and the massive Ogallala aquifer.

Tagged: XL Pipeline

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Shane Garrett 3 years, 3 months ago

The state of Nebraska and the people have finally won a great battle.

Neomarxist123 3 years, 3 months ago

Tens of thousands of private sector jobs. All created without using a dime of taxpayer money. All gone.

Yeah - a great victory for joblessness. Idiots.

dontsheep 3 years, 3 months ago

Not to mention a reduction in the dependence on getting oil from people who hate us.

Shane Garrett 3 years, 3 months ago

The pipeline will just have to be re-routed somewhere through Nebraska, because the pipe line in Kansas is already built. So, be careful with the name calling.

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