Canada stands by Keystone XL after Obama climate initiative

26 June 2013 16:36  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--Canada’s government will continue to promote the Keystone XL pipeline project and expects a US decision by the end of the year, a minister said on Wednesday in response to remarks by US President Barack Obama.

Obama, in announcing new policies on Tuesday to cut US greenhouse gas emissions, said that Keystone XL's plan to ship crude oil from "tar sands" in Alberta to refineries on the US Gulf Coast could only be approved if it does not “significantly exacerbate” carbon pollution.

In a media briefing, Canada’s natural resources minister, Joe Oliver, stated: “If you look at the facts and the science, we are confident the project will be approved.”

Oliver also noted a recent US State Department environmental review that supported Canada's position on Keystone XL, he said.

Asked about Obama’s use of the words “tar sands” – instead of “oil sands” – in his address, Oliver said that there was no tar in the oil sands. “That’s the reason we don’t use the term [tar sands],” he said.

Additional reporting by Joe Kamalick in Washington

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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