February 26th, 2014
06:09 PM ET
9 years ago

Keystone pipeline may be headed for further delay

Washington (CNN) - A debate of more than five years could stretch even longer with Wednesday's call for a health study on the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada.

Two Democratic senators - Barbara Boxer of California and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island - urged Secretary of State John Kerry to examine higher rates of cancer and other illness reported in places impacted by the "tar sands" oil from northern Alberta.

Their letter to Kerry sought to further delay the project that has support from Republicans, some Democrats, the oil industry and labor unions. A Pew Research Center poll in September showed 65% of respondents favored building it.

So why is this still being debated?


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Filed under: Energy • Environmental policy • John Kerry • Senate • State Department
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    Good, a few jobs to build it are not worth destroying our country with an oil spill so that Canada (who gave us rafaelito and bieber) makes money by selling their oil to China.

    February 26, 2014 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  2. Tampa Tim

    I just watched an interview with native Americans, and no one has dealt with their concerns about the pipeline, which may put the federal government in violation of treaties.

    February 26, 2014 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    And CNN continues to ignore the delay that is being and will be caused by Nebraska's GOP/Teatrolls attempting to go around the proper procedures for approval, essentially trying to grant the power of eminent domain to a foreign corporation and the recent court ruling that threw out Nebraska's attempt to authorize the pipeline. They were so overeager to approve and authorize it and avoid anyone being able to stop it that they essentially abused their power. Instead, CNN has to try to set up the battlefront along the lines of Dems are against it and delaying it while GOPers/Teatrolls support it. Well guess what...bending the rules to get your way ALSO causes delay, so you GOPers/Teatrolls can thank your counterparts in Nebraska for that too.

    February 26, 2014 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "their efforts to force an earlier decision failed to work. "

    Nice understatement, CNN. Their efforts to force an early decision in fact caused additional DELAY. It backfired horribly. The relevant agencies warned them that if they tried to force an early decision by moving the deadline up it would force the agency to deny and postpone the decision. The GOP/Teatrolls went ahead and tried to force the deadline to be earlier anyway and, surprise of the century, it caused the agency to deny the approvals. The reality is, the GOP/Teatrolls thought that they'd still benefit from it by then pivoting to rhetoric about Obama denying it and abusing his power and refusing to create jobs, etc.

    February 26, 2014 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  5. Thomas

    I'd rather have have a faster , reliable high speed electric train service .

    That's a job creator .

    February 26, 2014 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  6. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    They just named all the supporters of this oil company sewage pipe but you left out the crouch brothers, the subversive GOP clown brothers that don't care what happens to the environment . They should RAISE TAXES on this slime because if they can waste hundreds of millions on their incompetent GOP canadates, they can pay HUNDERDS OF MILLIONS in MORE TAXES where it would do some good for the country!!!!!

    February 26, 2014 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |