Keystone XL Decison Could Come Before Midterms

Posted January 24, 2014 at 11:32am

The State Department is aiming to release its report on the environmental impact of the Keystone XL Pipeline sometime in February, the Wall Street Journal reports, “setting the stage for President Obama to make a call on the politically charged decision in the thick of the midterm campaign season.”

“The State Department, which has been studying the project for years, aims to release a report on the environmental impact of the proposed pipeline extension in early or mid-February, people inside and outside the government familiar with the decision said Thursday. That would put Mr. Obama on track to make a decision by May or June. Until now, Obama administration officials have been vague about the timing of the State Department review. Officials have released no timetable for a decision and a series of delays in considering the project have left some observers thinking it could stretch beyond the November midterm elections.”