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Dramatic turn in the controversial Keystone pipeline folder

Une station de pompage de la compagnie TransCanada près de Steele City, dans l'Etat du Nebraska, en mars 2014.

L Keystone XL pipeline still waiting. TransCanada company that defends the connection Oil Sands Project fields in the Canadian province of Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico, the US petrochemical lung, has indeed shown Monday, November 2 had asked the US State Department “to discontinue consideration of the application of Presidential Permit” filed in 2008. Obtaining this license, outstanding American side, is essential given the cross-border nature of the pipeline. It is the subject for years in a dull battle between conservationists, reminiscent of the expensive extraction of this type of oil is highly polluting, and those that highlight its economic benefits for States States.
While much of the new pipeline is already completed, TransCanada relies on disputes to which its route led Nebraska to justify the suspension. In January, the Supreme Court of the State has yet lifted a major legal obstacle by validating the route selected by the governor within its borders, despite the protests of farmers and the environmental organizations.

The decision of the Canadian company is probably dictated by tactics than by concern for the law. She hopes to avoid as well as the outgoing Democratic administration refuses the permit on the basis of the ongoing review at the State Department; she probably put on a more favorable alternation to its interests in the White House after the 2016 election

In February, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, has already vetoed a text adopted by Congress dominated by Republicans authorizing its construction. After much dithering, the favorite of the race for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton, has finally expressed its opposition to Keystone XL, like its rivals Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Maley. Instead, all the Republican candidates defend without shades. The initiative TransCanada surprise came a day after the departure of the outgoing Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper defeated in parliamentary elections in October, and that was far mobilized for the project.

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