President Obama Wants Approval For Pipeline

Some movement on the Keystone XL pipeline project:
President Barack Obama will use Thursday's visit to Oklahoma to announce that he's ordered federal agencies to get on the horse to approve the southern part of the Keystone XL pipeline, the White House announced.

Obama will issue an executive order on federal permitting of infrastructure projects, 'which will require agencies to make faster permitting and review decisions for vital infrastructure projects while protecting the health and vitality of local communities and the environment,' the White House said.

As for the Oklahoma to Gulf Coast part of Keystone, Obama will 'issue a specific memorandum in Cushing directing federal agencies to expedite the Cushing Pipeline,' according to the White House.


The White House has consistently said that Obama rejected the pipeline in January because Congress cut short the environmental review process and cited bipartisan opposition to the proposed route through Nebraska, and officials have left the door open for TransCanada to try again.
More as it develops.