QUOTEBOX-Reactions to Keystone pipeline impact report

Fri Jan 31, 2014 5:03pm EST
 
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WASHINGTON Jan 31 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Thursday issued its long awaited final environmental impact statement on the proposed Keystone pipeline, which would carry crude oil from Canada's tar sands region to refiners in the Gulf of Mexico.

The following are quotes from lawmakers, environmental groups and others on the report and the road ahead for TransCanada Corp's, which was first proposed more than five years ago.

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U.S. HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER:

"President Obama is out of excuses. The fact that he has let a final decision on the Keystone pipeline project - and the more than 100,000 jobs that come with it - languish for more than five years is economic malpractice."

NEERA TANDEN, CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS:

"This environmental impact study - which ignores the evidence gathered in the past year that indicates the pipeline will increase our level of emissions - is by no means the final word on the Keystone XL pipeline.   Continued...