Boxer vows focus on human health effects in message pivot
Senate Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) today vowed to "use whatever tools I have" to spotlight the human health impact of oil sands crude development, a potentially significant shift among foes of Keystone XL.
The focus on human health effects by Boxer and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), another top Senate climate messenger, opens a new front in pipeline critics' concerted assault on a State Department environmental review that last month concluded KXL is unlikely to generate significant emissions.
GAO set to probe State's environmental review -- lawmaker
Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) requested an independent audit today of the State Department's environmental review system for projects such as Keystone XL, his latest step to protest the Obama administration's handling of the controversial oil sands crude pipeline.
A Grijalva spokesman said the Government Accountability Office already has agreed to conduct the inquiry that he will formalize today alongside Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica and other anti-KXL advocates. Grijalva has led Democratic critics of State's environmental impact statement (EIS) on the pipeline, amplifying climate activists' conflict-of-interest charges.
Neb. court ruling won't delay pipeline decision -- TransCanada
Even as a Nebraska court ruling threatens another delay to the Obama administration's long-running review of Keystone XL, signs emerged today that the oil sands crude pipeline could see its fate settled sooner than later.
KXL sponsor TransCanada Corp. pointed to a Cornhusker State law that appears to leave intact a Nebraska statute passed to fast-track the pipeline's new route -- despite its invalidation Wednesday by a district judge in the capital of Lincoln -- while the GOP attorney general appeals the case.
State Dept. to push on with pipeline review despite Neb. tangle
The Obama administration is not stopping its review of Keystone XL despite the legal morass snarling the controversial oil sands crude pipeline's route through Nebraska, a victory for the oil industry and a setback for environmentalists.
After a Nebraska judge struck down the law passed to fast-track approval of a new KXL route through the state, TransCanada Corp.'s chances of receiving a final verdict on its prized pipeline this year appeared diminished by a months-long appeals process, not to mention an equally drawn-out evaluation by a new regulatory panel. But a State Department official said late yesterday that work on the next phase of the pipeline's federal evaluation is continuing regardless of the uncertainty raised in the Cornhusker State.