Company seeks delay in review process for Keystone Pipeline

In this Jan. 16, 2015 file photo, trees dominate a field through which the Keystone XL pipeline is planned to run, near Bradshaw, Neb. The company behind the controversial Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the U.S Gulf Coast has asked the U.S. State Department to pause its review of the project.
FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2015 file photo, trees dominate a field through which the Keystone XL pipeline is planned to run, near Bradshaw, Neb. The company behind the controversial Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the U.S Gulf Coast has asked the U.S. State Department to pause its review of the project. TransCanada said Nov. 2, 2015, a suspension would be appropriate while it works with Nebraska authorities for approval of its preferred route through the state. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

TORONTO (AP) – The company behind the controversial Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the U.S Gulf Coast has asked the U.S. State Department to pause its review of the project.

TransCanada said Monday a suspension would be appropriate while it works with Nebraska authorities for approval of its preferred route through the state. The move comes before the Obama administration was widely expected to reject it.

For seven years, the fate of the 1,179-mile (1,900 kilometer) long pipeline has languished amid debates over climate change, the intensive process of extracting Alberta’s oil and U.S. energy security

The pipeline has long been a flashpoint in the U.S. debate over climate change. Critics oppose the concept of tapping the Alberta oil sands, saying it requires huge amounts of energy and water, increases greenhouse gas emissions.

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