Eleven Senate Democrats push Obama to approve Keystone XL

|By:, SA News Editor

A group of 11 Senate Democrats, including five up for re-election this year, are pressing Pres. Obama to approve the Keystone XL (TRP) pipeline by the end of next month.

"The process has been exhaustive in its time, breadth, and scope,” the Democrats wrote in a letter; that process has been winding its way through a regulatory review within the administration for more than five years, and Obama has not said when he will make a final decision.

The letter asks for a decision by May 31 because it’s a few weeks after the 90-day clock ends on the administration’s interagency review of the State Department’s environmental report on the pipeline, which was released Jan. 31.