The U.S. State Department late Friday afternoon found that the TransCanada Corp. Keystone XL oil sands pipeline would have “no significant impact” on natural resources along its proposed route from Alberta, Canada to U.S. refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas.
The fate of the pipeline now rests with the Obama administration, which has delayed making a decision since the president was inaugurated. Dozens of anti-pipeline protesters were arrested Friday outside the White House.
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“Environmental activists are attempting to draw a line in the sand on this project to force the president to make an adverse permit determination, but in doing so they are overstating its environmental significance.
“As this report reiterates, failure to complete this project will cause greater harm to the environment at a greater cost to the American people. Now is not the time to wage symbolic crusades when billions of dollars of direct investment into the economy are at stake.”
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