By Darren Goode - 10/20/10 05:22 PM EDT
Clinton’s remarks were in response to a question regarding the department’s approval last year of the separate Alberta Clipper pipeline, which also supplies tar-sands-based oil from the Canadian province into the U.S.
But she clearly referenced the Keystone XL pipeline, which the
department is still reviewing.
A State Department spokesman said the department is still reviewing "the thousands of comments we have received" about the project and anticipates that review to be finished by the end of the year. The spokesman did not have a timeline for when a decision on the project would be announced.
The department extended the review beyond its initial mid-September deadline after the Environmental Protection Agency, House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and others argued that the department’s environmental review was inadequate. EPA said the draft environmental impact statement needed to be revised to take into account concerns the pipeline could pollute air and water and harm migratory birds and other wildlife.
Waxman said the department was not considering the impact additional oil use would have on global warming.
Dozens of House Democrats have publicly opposed the pipeline. So has Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), who said it could harm water quality in his state. He said the department must consider alternative routes.
The Keystone XL project would transport 900,000 barrels or more a day from Alberta nearly 2,000 miles to Gulf Coast refineries, potentially doubling the current imports of tar-sands-based fuel. Canada is the largest single exporter of oil to the U.S., and Canadian oil sands are the largest single source of oil for the United States.
This story was updated at 3:55 p.m.