Keystone XL gets State Department nod

Commuters walk over an advertisement promoting Canada as a preferable oil provider for America at a...

Commuters walk over an advertisement promoting Canada as a preferable oil provider for America at a metro station in Washington January 29, 2014. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Mark Dunn, Senior National Reporter

, Last Updated: 6:54 PM ET

OTTAWA — The most studied pipeline in U.S. history passed a key test Friday after the U.S. State Department gave its blessing after years of delays, triggering a 90-day review of Keystone XL.

The final word now rests with President Barack Obama.

Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver has been selling the importance of Keystone for years and, with other cabinet ministers, has been pressing U.S. legislators and the White House to quit dithering.

"The choice for the United States is clear: oil supply from a reliable, environmentally responsible friend and neighbour or from unstable sources with similar or higher greenhouse gas emissions and lesser environmental standards," he said.

The State Department's environmental impact study concluded the TransCanada Corp. pipeline would not significantly increase oilsands production on its own because crude would find its way to market through other means, including rail.


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