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Cash-strapped communities say they need Keystone tax revenue for health care and roads, while opponents argue the money will quickly disappear.
Tucked into letters the State Department has received from people seeking to influence its review...
Jul 17, 2013 | Read More
Sec. of State John Kerry
As EPA begins posting public comments on the Keystone XL, individual voices emerge. Meet Stu Luttich, who talks about 'aboriginal prairie sod.'
WASHINGTON – Stu Luttich of Geneva, Neb. is just one of the thousands of ordinary Americans who sat...
May 28, 2013 | Read More
Climate change protest February 2013 in Washington, D.C.
Enviromentalists and the EPA take apart State Dept's Keystone review, and momentum shifts yet again toward pipeline opponents in the long-running battle.
WASHINGTON—Leading environmental groups declared on Monday that the Obama administration's latest...
Apr 23, 2013 | Read More
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks at the Ross Sea Conservation
Requests for extensions are not uncommon but this one puts the agency in an awkward spot within a roiling national controversy.
WASHINGTON—The Sierra Club and other environmental groups have asked the State Department to extend...
Apr 4, 2013 | Read More
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird
The State Department is refusing to provide routine and timely public access to comments filed on its controversial Keystone environmental review.
WASHINGTON—When the State Department hired a contractor to produce the latest environmental impact...
Mar 25, 2013 | Read More
Protesters march to the White House and urge Pres. Obama to reject the Keystone
Two consulting firms provided State Department with key analysis of whether the pipeline would speed development of Canada's oil sands.
The State Department's recent conclusion that the Keystone XL pipeline "is unlikely to have a...
Mar 6, 2013 | Read More
Protesters rally in Portland, Maine, against possible plans to pipe oil from Can
'We're trying to build the social movement' in the United States against expansion of Canadian tar sands oil extraction, says organizer.
President Obama hasn't publicly drawn a connection between climate change and the Keystone XL...
Jan 31, 2013 | Read More
New leadership at the State Dept. and EPA—and the unexpected rise of climate change concern—mean the pipeline decision is still anyone's guess.
After years of protests and lobbying, the Obama administration is expected to decide within months...
Jan 7, 2013 | Read More
Protester rallies against the Keystone XL pipeline in Washington D.C.
Environmentalists say Pres. Obama has more reasons than ever to deny the pipeline, including his renewed focus on tackling climate change.
Less than a week after President Obama's re-election, environmental groups are again pressuring him...
Nov 9, 2012 | Read More
State Sen. Jim Smith of Nebraska
Two of the options don't cross the U.S.-Canada border. Oil industry, state, federal officials wait and watch.
Official action on the Keystone XL pipeline review has virtually ground to a halt since President...
Jan 30, 2012 | Read More