Salazar: Build Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

Salazar: Build Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he believes the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada should be built.

Salazar said at an energy conference in Houston Wednesday that the pipeline could be built safely, as long as conditions are imposed. Those conditions would require the pipeline operator to meet tough environmental standards and even pay for conservation programs along the pipeline route.

Salazar told The Associated Press that the pipeline could be a "win-win" project that benefits U.S. energy security while boosting conservation efforts in Montana, South Dakota and other affected states.

Salazar's comments follow a State Department report last week that raised no major environmental objections to the $7 billion pipeline. The pipeline would carry oil from western Canada to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast.

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Robert | Feb. 7, 2014
The Obama administration will make sure that the pipeline is not approved before the next presidential election. Its been under review for 1800 days now and will be so for another 800-plus days. Right now, the EPA is taking "a deeper look" at the environmental and climate impacts of the pipeline. And the Department of Interior has criticized the report and the effects on wildlife, which it says will be impacted for the life of the pipeline. Theyre stonewalling the project, pure and simple. Politics. Inexcusable.


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