The Obama administration put off until after the 2012 election a politically charged decision on whether to approve the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline.
The Obama administration considers a move that could delay a decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline until after the 2012 election. It would carry oil from Canadian tar sands across a Midwestern aquifer to the Gulf Coast.
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chairman of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, wrote to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton last week cautioning that environmental studies of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline must be impartial.
The State Department conducts public hearings along the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline's route, from Montana to Texas, to determine whether the project is in the national interest.