The Hill

A top aide to President Obama is putting some space between the White House and the federal decision over whether to approve the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.

Heather Zichal, the top White House energy and climate aide, noted Wednesday that it’s the State Department that is in charge of reviewing and ultimately making a decision on the Alberta-to-Texas pipeline.

“The reality is that it is the State Department and they will pursue the process under the executive order to make a national interest determination,” Zichal said during remarks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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