Reuters is reporting that the Obama administration has extended the comment period on Keystone XL until after the November midterm elections.
Ryan Koronowski at ClimateProgress writes that the Nebraska lawsuit that voided the governor’s unilateral authority to condemn property under eminent domain has complicated the KXL approval process. An new route through the state will have to be drawn and go through a regulatory review. And according to Jane Kleeb of Bold Nebraska, TransCanada’s permit in South Dakota will expire in June of this year, so the company will have to begin the permitting process from scratch.
This is a major development, but details will determine whether the postponement is more of a near-term victory for pipeline opponents, allowing them more time to marshal their arguments, or a temporary hiccup on the path to global destruction.