State Dept. rejects ‘arbitrary’ XL deadline

Dec 13, 2011 | 01:40 PM | Michael Cowden

Tags  State Department, Keystone XL, Congress, President Obama, TransCanada, pipeline, line pipe, Michael Cowden

TORONTO — The U.S. State Department would be unable to issue permits for TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline project if Congress imposes an "arbitrary deadline," according to a department spokesman.

It is up to President Obama to lead U.S. foreign policy "and, in this case, the proposed Keystone XL project," the department said, noting that the President has a "long-established authority" to supervise the permitting process for pipelines that cross international borders. The President has by executive order delegated the authority to supervise the permitting process to the State Department.....

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