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Keystone XL Waiting…Waiting

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015   

HELENA, Mont. - The waiting game on a decision for Keystone XL is now over six years, with supporters and foes wondering what is taking so long. The TransCanada pipeline-project decision rests with the State Department, which has been conducting environmental reviews.

Backers of the project say Montana needs the construction jobs. Lena Moffitt, climate and energy senior manager at the National Wildlife Federation, says it's understandable some folks are torn on the issue.

"In no way do we want to thumb our nose at those important jobs, but at the same time, this project would dramatically expand a very, very polluting industry the tar sands in Canada," says Moffitt.

The National Wildlife Federation opposes the pipeline, citing concerns about pipeline spills and damage to the environment for construction, damage it says would affect human health and wildlife. Congress had approved a bill to allow the pipeline to be constructed without State Department approval, but it was vetoed by President Barack Obama.

Moffitt says her group has heard clues from President Obama since the veto that he is leaning toward not granting the needed permit. She expects the decision will spark intense debate about the future of energy production and public health.

"But also to protect wildlife and the water and land through which this pipeline would run," says Moffitt. "That's an angle that I do think any Americans really understand. We've seen these types of pipelines spill a lot."

Montana's Senators both support the pipeline, as does Montana Governor Steve Bullock.


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