Most of the oil shipped on the line will come from Canadian oil sands producers, which have been under from some U.S. environmental groups and legislators for boosting greenhouse gas emissions because of expanding production in the oil sands -- a Florida-sized region of northern Alberta that contains the largest oil reserves outside the Middle East.
The State Department said it took greenhouse gas emissions into account when deciding to issue the permit, saying that the issue is best addressed through the domestic policies of the United States and Canada and through international agreements.
20 August 2009
Obama Administration Approves Oil Sands Pipeline
Recently, I pointed to an pending decision by the Obama Administration on whether to approve a pipeline to bring carbon-intensive petroluem to the U.S. from Canadian oil sands. President Obama has approved the pipeline: