TransCanada requested an expedited review of a new application to build the northern half of the Keystone XL pipeline, but the State Department projects that a decision will not be made until 2013.
Citing the three years of environmental review already conducted, TransCanada CEO Russ Girling called for the "cross border permit to be processed expeditiously and a decision made once a new route in Nebraska is determined." The pipeline would run from the Canadian border to Steele City, Neb., where it would link up with an already-existing pipeline.
TransCanada has pursued a piecemeal strategy of building the pipeline since President Obama rejected the application in February. The southern portion of Keystone, set to run from Cushing, Okla., to the Gulf of Mexico, was approved in March.
The State Department has indicated that it would not expedite review. "If TransCanada comes in with a new application, it will trigger a new review process, a completely new review process," Assistant Secretary Kerri-Ann Jones told reporters in January.