In a desperate move, TransCanada yesterday asked the State Dept. to “pause” its long-running review of the Keystone XL pipeline.
TransCanada says it wants the “pause” so that its recently-launched new application for a pipeline route at the Nebraska Public Service Commission — a process that takes 7-12 months — can run its course. The problem there is the PSC is not even sure it can legally review the pipeline route in Nebraska, so this avenue is pretty much a dead end for the foreign company.
We know this latest move by TransCanada is a blatant attempt to stall the process, until maybe a Republican who would approve the pipeline is elected President.
The State Dept. is under NO obligation to grant TransCanada’s request for a “pause.”
In fact, President Obama can end all this uncertainty right now with the stroke of a pen — and reject Keystone XL outright.
Inscribed on the eco-friendly pen is a simple message with a powerful meaning: “President Obama, This Machine Stops Pipelines. #NOKXL”
TransCanada is facing a big loss with the rejection of Keystone XL, and they know it. So asking for this “pause” is their last-ditch effort to save the project.
Keystone XL is a major threat to our land, water and climate via any route, and Pres. Obama has all the information he needs to reject the pipeline today.
Thanks for standing with us.
Jane Kleeb and the Bold Nebraska team