President Obama intends to deny TransCanada’s presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, according to a report by the Washington Post.
The Post, siting sources, reports the administration will announce the denial with a caveat. The administration appears poised to turn down TransCanada’s request, yet allow the company to reapply after it settles on an alternative route through Nebraska.
TransCanada agreed to re-route the Keystone XL during a special session of the Nebraska legislature. It is working with state and federal regulators on a new route. The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would run 1,700 miles from western Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast in Texas.
According to the Post, Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns will make the announcement, forced on the administration by a congressionally-mandated deadline of Feb. 21 for action on the proposed Keystone pipeline.