What is taking so long for Keystone Pipeline approval?

They've been looking at this issue for 4 1/2 years. Now, an administration source is telling Reuters that it won't be until June until a final determination is made. Jumpin' Jehosaphat what is taking so long? A series of steps still have to be taken by the State Department, where the decision will be made because the 830,000 barrels per day crude oil pipeline crosses the national border. The pipeline will link Alberta's oil sands and North Dakota's Bakken shale fields to refineries and ports in Texas. The State Department did not comment for this story, but last week a spokeswoman said it did not anticipate making the decision before the end of March. Previously, the department had hinted the decision could come in the middle of the first quarter. The administration may be delaying because the pipeline has become a symbol for both opponents and supporters of development of Canada's vast oil sands. Environmentalists concerned about the carbon footprint of the oil sands have seen...(Read Full Post)