Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage
A pipeline to move oil produced from the Canada tar sands to the Gulf of Mexico has stalled following the BP Deepwater Horizon spill. The project, called Keystone XL, is separate from another oil line from the tar sands called Keystone that has been in operation for a while now. The Keystone XL project is being run by Trans Canada, the same company that wants to build an Alaska natural gas line. The U.S. Government has not issued its permits, even though it is ready to go. There has been little explanation from the Obama administration. The State Department is in charge of the permitting, and it has been accused by the Environmental Protection Agency of inadequate oversight of environmental considerations.
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