12 September 2013 19:31 [Source: ICIS news]
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If realised, Keystone XL would enable oil pipeline shipments from the oil sands in Canada's Alberta province, as well as from
“[The US decision] may not be this year,” energy minister Joe Oliver said in a televised media briefing.
“First, the US State Department has to complete their final environmental assessment, and then there is an opportunity for the public to opine on it, and then there are eight other [US] agencies to give their view, and if there is a dissent, then that goes up from the secretary of state to the president,” Oliver said.
Oliver added that Keystone XL was an important project for both countries’ economies and that it had support from many US political and business leaders.
He also said that
“The prime minister raises Keystone every time he meets the president,” Oliver said.
Earlier this week,
Obama has said that the Keystone XL project could only be approved if it does not significantly exacerbate carbon pollution.
In 2011, Canada pulled out of the Kyoto climate change pact, partly because high emissions from its energy sector made it hard for the country to meet its Kyoto emissions reduction targets.
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