Keystone supporters and foes alike await vital report

|By:, SA News Editor

Supporters and foes of TransCanada's (TRP) Keystone XL pipeline are bracing for the release of an environmental analysis from the U.S. government that could determine the $5.4B project’s fate.

“If that report comes out and it says Keystone is not going to have a significant climate impact, it will be hard for Obama to ignore his own agency’s finding,” says a senior campaigner for Friends of the Earth.

The report “will likely be the key indicator showing whether Pres. Obama approves the project or not," says a spokesman for Oil Sands Fact Check, a group supported by oil producers.

The U.S. State Department said this week there isn’t a timeline for releasing the analysis; the consensus is that it will come out early next year.