Keystone XL Pipeline: Republican Bill Could Kill Project, Says Obama Administration
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says a Republican bill to fast-track approval of a Canadian oil pipeline could lead to the project's demise.
In a statement today, the State Department warned that congressional interference with TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline could backfire.
The State Department has authority over the project because it crosses an international border.
The statement said that if Congress imposes an arbitrary deadline for a permit decision, it could prevent the administration from meeting environmental laws that govern the approval process.
In that case, officials say the department would be unable to make a determination to issue a permit.
Republican lawmakers back a bill to require approval of the pipeline within 60 days. They say the Canada-to-Texas pipeline will help create jobs without taxpayer money.