"President Obama, denouncing a 'rushed and arbitrary deadline' set by congressional Republicans, announced Wednesday that he was rejecting a Canadian firm's application for a permit to build and operate the Keystone XL pipeline, a massive project that would have stretched from Canada's oil sands to refineries in Texas.
Obama said that the Feb. 21 deadline, set by Congress as part of the two-month payroll tax cut extension, made it impossible to adequately review the project proposed by TransCanada. But he left the door open to the possibility that a new proposal might pass regulatory muster.
'This announcement is not a judgment on the merits of the pipeline, but the arbitrary nature of a deadline that prevented the State Department from gathering the information necessary to approve the project and protect the American people,' the president said in a statement."
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"Obama Administration To Deny Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Permit" (Los Angeles Times)
"Business Groups, Republicans Launch Onslaught on President Over Keystone" (E2Wire/The Hill)
"New Study To Probe Corrosiveness Of Canada Oil" (Reuters)
"NWF's Symons Calls Keystone XL a Scam, Says Oil Will Not Be Used To Benefit Americans" (Onpoint/E&ETV)
"TransCanada Could Reapply With New Pipeline Route: Source" (Reuters)
"Obama Administration Rejects Keystone Oil Pipeline" (Reuters)
"Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline Permit" (Mother Jones)
"Harper Miscalculated Keystone Xl Anger, Opposition Parties Say" (Toronto Sun)
"Keystone XL: Canada To Diversify Oil Exports, Harper Tells Obama" (CTV News)
"Keystone XL Pipeline: GOP Wants Hillary Clinton To Testify" (Politico)
"Keystone XL Decision Hands The GOP A Gift" (Right Turn/Washington Post)
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"EPA Urged To Disregard Oilsands Emissions in Keystone Decision: Letters" (Postmedia)