2.5 million outraged public comments and one honest state (Nebraska) — the Administration is, for the very first time, feeling the weight of collective intelligence both individual and state. Is fracking next?
The Obama administration is putting off its decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, likely until after the November elections, by extending its review of the controversial project indefinitely.
In a surprise announcement Friday as Washington was winding down for Easter, the State Department said federal agencies will have more time to weigh in on the politically fraught decision — but declined to say how much longer. Officials said the decision will have to wait for the dust to settle in Nebraska, where a judge in February overturned a state law that allowed the pipeline’s path through the state.
“In addition, during this time we will review and appropriately consider the unprecedented number of new public comments, approximately 2.5 million, received during the public comment period that closed on March 7, 2014,” the State Department said.
Environmental groups on Friday applauded the delay.
“The State Department is taking the most prudent course of action possible. It is already clear that the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline fails the climate test and will damage our climate, our lands and our waters,” said Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, director of the International Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Phi Beta Iota: For the record, US domestic supplies are adequate and domestic consumption is declining. Keystone is about using clean water Canada cannot afford to waste to flush tar sands we do not need, to pollute across the USA without actually creating “new” jobs, in order to feed legacy refineries owned by rich Texans who want to export fuel to Europe — Keystone has NOTHING to offer the average American. It is CORRUPT to the bone, and any Member of Congress or state official supporting Keystone is either uninformed (most likely) or has been bribed to support an endeavor that is totally against the best interests of their constituents…or both.