Obama To Speed Up US Portion Of Keystone Pipeline

Law360, Los Angeles (March 21, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT) -- President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he will order federal agencies to quicken approval of a U.S. portion of the TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL pipeline in a move the White House hopes will thwart Republican attacks on his energy policy and assuage concerns over rising gas prices.

Obama will issue an executive order on Thursday that will expedite the permitting process for the pipeline being built in Cushing, Okla., the White House said in a statement. The renewed focus on the Keystone XL pipeline is part...
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