Path appears clear for oil pipeline from Canada
The Obama administration says it has yet to decide whether to allow a pipeline from Alberta to Texas, but documents suggest it is ready to support the project although environmental and economic studies are ongoing.
by Neela Banerjee, Washington Bureau, The Los Angeles Times, July 13, 2011
At a town hall meeting in Pennsylvania in early April, President Obama was asked about a bitter fight between industry and environmentalists over a proposed $7-billion, 2,000-mile pipeline to ship crude from Alberta's oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries.
Because the pipeline crosses the U.S.-Canadian border, a decision on a permit is pending at the State Department. Obama avowed neutrality: "If it looks like I'm putting my fingers on the scale before the science is done, then people may question the merits of the decision later on."