Government Shutdown Could Delay Keystone XL Pipeline Decision


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The U.S. government shutdown is making it harder for the State Department to review the Keystone XL pipeline permit process, a State Department official said on Thursday, which could delay President Barack Obama’s decision on the project.

The State Department – which is in charge of the pipeline permit process because Keystone XL would cross the national border – had been expected to issue a final environmental review in mid-October for TransCanada Corp’s pipeline that would help link Canada’s oil sands to refineries in Texas.

Delays in that review could push back Obama’s final decision on the pipeline, which had not been expected until some time in early 2014.

 

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