State Department to approve Keystone XL

State Department to approve Keystone XL
Posted at 12:52 PM, Mar 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-23 13:54:02-04
The Keystone XL pipeline appears to be a step closer to formal approval.
Sources tell the Associated Press that the State Department will recommend approval of the pipeline tomorrow, clearing the way for the White House to formally approve it.  A 60 day deadline to complete a review by the Trump administration is due to expire next Monday.
The pipeline requires a presidential permit, which the White House would announce after the State Department issues it's recommendation. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Tom Shannon will make the recommendation because Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recused himself from the matter.  Tillerson is the former Exxon Mobil CEO.
The Obama administration had rejected the pipeline.
The Keystone XL pipeline route through Nebraska will face legal challenges.