Late last week, the Department of State announced it was going to take more time to make a decision about whether to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline project. The announcement tried to make it clear that the process was not starting over but that they needed more time to review about 2.5 million public comments and vet them through multiple “relevant agencies.”
The timing of the announcement is interesting. The Administration delayed its release until the afternoon of Good Friday. “On a day when many Americans are observing Good Friday and preparing for Easter, the administration took the opportunity to quietly announce yet another Keystone delay despite the five successful environmental reviews of the energy project,” Senator John Thune (R-SD) said in a statement.