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The Keystone Oil Pipeline is pictured under construction in North Dakota in this undated photograph released on January 18, 2012. TransCanada Corporation Handout Photo

Heitkamp, Hoeven criticize Obama following Keystone request

BISMARCK, N.D. — U.S. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven are criticizing the Obama administration’s long delay in approving the proposed Keystone XL pipeline after the operator asked the U.S. State Department to pause its review of the project.

The remarks from the North Dakota senators came Monday after TransCanada’s announcement.

The fate of the Canada-to-Texas pipeline has languished for seven years.

Heitkamp says that during those years, people have “witnessed the conflation of a basic infrastructure expansion project into the foremost emotional and overly politicized issue as it relates to our country’s energy policy.”

Hoeven says it’s “clear” that the administration intends to deny the pipeline permit, which he claimed would have “a chilling effect on the willingness of other companies to invest in important energy infrastructure projects in the United States.”

In related news, New twist in Keystone controversy: Pipeline owner TransCanada asks for a delay.

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  1. — Heidi and John are delusional— TransCanada is not, fear a third reject being a death blow— postpone for other reasons
    Even if approved TC will not bury $3.2 Bn in the ground without contracted customers – revenue to pay for the pipeline and make a profit
    Bakken light does not need the heavy crude refineries in Tx so is going west to east via trains –to be replacd by pipeline –no customers there.
    Global oil price recession in both US and Canada oil field — existing system easily handling tar crude moves–no customer there

  2. The filthiest crude oil on the planet. Dumb!