Associated Press: Murkowski criticizes Keystone pipeline delay

Alaska's senior senator is criticizing the Obama administration's plan to delay a decision on a massive oil pipeline.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski says the decision sends a message to the world that - quote - "the United States lacks a clear energy policy and is willing to turn its back on its neighbor."

The administration announced Thursday that it's delaying a decision on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to allow time to study possible new routes that avoid environmentally sensitive parts of Nebraska. The company behind the project, Canada-based TransCanada Corp., will have to find a way to move the proposed pipeline.

Murkowski said in a statement that there are hundreds of oil pipelines between the U.S. and Canada. She called the administration's actions "troubling and unprecedented."
Source: Originally posted on November 10, 2011.