27 Feb '12, 11pm

TransCanada Begins Construction on Keystone XL, Obama Approves

Christine Irvine, Tar Sands Action /CC BY 2.0 Despite a major popular movement rising up against it—and the denial of its permit by the White House—the Keystone XL is now under construction. No, pesky little details like lacking a permit from the State Department aren't going to stop TransCanada from building a massive oil pipeline through the heart of the United States. The Canadian corporation has decided to begin construction on the part of the pipeline that doesn't cross international borders, from Cushing, Oklahoma, to Port Arthur, Texas. And, to the shock of many of his supporters, Obama endorsed the plan. Here's the Guardian : by splitting the project in two, TransCanada seems to have discovered a workaround to enable pipeline construction to go ahead – and the Obama administration moved swiftly to show it was on board with the plan."We support the company's interes...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/fossil-fuels/transcanada-begins...

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