Six Years Later And Still No Keystone Pipeline In Sight

The Keystone XL Pipeline was proposed by TransCanada nearly six years ago. But, there has been hardly any progress thus far on the project.

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) has been of no help in getting the pipeline approved or even through the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee which she is chairwoman of. And President Barack Obama has only taken one action on the pipeline: delay, delay and delay again.

Here is a point-by-point timeline of the Keystone’s failure over the last six years:

  • In November 2011, the Obama administration announced it was reconsidering Keystone’s route, pushing a decision beyond the 2012 election.
  • In January 2012, President Obama rejected the Keystone Pipeline application, but left the possibility open for a new proposal.
  • In March 2012, after lobbying by President Obama, the senate rejected legislation to expedite Keystone construction.
  • In April 2014, the Obama administration indefinitely extended its review of the Keystone Pipeline.
  • In May 2014, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, with the support of nearly all Senate Democrats, used a procedural maneuver to block a vote on Keystone Pipeline.
  • In May 2014, Senators Mary Landrieu, Kay Hagan, Mark Udall and Mark Begich all joined with Harry Reid, killing a vote on the Keystone Pipeline.


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