Keystone Controversy = Less Oil For USA?

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The controversy over where to put the Keystone XL pipeline could mean less oil will be flowing into the United States. Canada's prime minister says he made it clear in a meeting with President Obama that Canada will step up its efforts to sell oil to Asia since the Obama administration delayed a decision on an oil pipeline.

TransCanada wants to route its Keystone XL pipeline through six states. The planned route would take it over the Nebraska Sandhills and the Ogallala Aquifer. Last week, the U.S. State Department ordered that other routes be reconsidered. The ultimate decision will be subject to further environmental review, delaying a decision until 2013.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Canada will continue to push the U.S. to approve the $7-billion project. Harper says the U.S. move highlights why Canada must increase its efforts to diversify its exports to Asia. He says he communicated that clearly to Obama.

They met Sunday on the sidelines of a summit in Hawaii.

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