TransCanada Pushes Keystone XL Start Date Back To 2015

Belying Republican efforts to make approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline an election-year issue, the pipeline’s foreign backer, TransCanada, announced today it doesn’t plan for the pipeline to be in service until 2015. “The Calgary, Alberta-based company said Tuesday in an earnings release that its executives continue to work with Nebraska to determine the best route that avoids Nebraska’s environmentally sensitive Sandhills region.” Even if the federal government were to ignore environmental and national security considerations and approve the pipeline early, the state of Nebraska’s mandate for a new route makes the delay unavoidable. Climate activists and many local landowners are continuing to push for the risky pipeline to remain unbuilt.

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