White House Says SEIS Not Final Step on Keystone Xl Decision

"WASHINGTON — The White House says a new environmental assessment from the State Department isn't the last step in deciding whether the Keystone XL pipeline can be built."

"The report released Friday raised no major environmental objections to the controversial oil pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to the U.S. The report dealt a major blow to environmentalists' hopes that Obama will block it.

White House spokesman Matt Lehrich says the report includes a range of estimates about the climate change impacts. He says Secretary of State John Kerry will now consider the report and a final decision won't be made until multiple agencies and the public have opportunities to weigh in."

Josh Lederman reports for the Associated Press January 31, 2014.

SEE ALSO:

"Keystone Foes Pinning Final Hopes On Obama" (Politico)

"Foes of Keystone XL Begin New Legal Battle Against State Department" (InsideClimate News)

"EPA Scrutiny Could Be Linchpin To Keystone Review Process" (Reuters)

"White House: State Dept Report on Keystone Xl Not Final Decision" (Reuters)

"State Department Releases Keystone Xl Final Environmental Impact Statement" (Washington Post)

"President Now Has Information Needed to Deny Keystone XL" (National Wildlife Federation)

"Here's What People Are Saying About the Big Keystone XL Report" (Mother Jones)

"Keystone XL Pipeline Closer To Reality After State Department Review" (Guardian)

"Statement: State Department Walks Away from “Significant Impact” in New Keystone XL Review" (Sierra Club)

"U.S. Issues Keystone XL Pipeline Environmental Review" (NPR)

"State Department's Environmental Report Lends Support To Keystone XL Approval" (Huffington Post)

"Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Clears Significant Hurdle" (AP)

"What's in State's Keystone Xl Oil Pipeline Report" (AP)

"Report Opens Way to Approval for Keystone Pipeline" (New York Times)

"Press Kit on KXL SEIS" (State Department)

Source: AP, 02/03/2014