Hey, remember how much of a headache it was to get the Keystone Pipeline project going? Do you remember all the political fights and power plays?
Do you remember how President Obama took credit for “approving” the construction of the pipeline after TransCanada, the company behind the 1,700-mile project, decided to start construction in the U.S., thereby making it non-international and thereby taking away the president’s veto power?
Seems like it was all a real pain in the neck, right? Well, considering how bad the economy is, at least we can finally get started on that massive job creator — oh, wait. No.
“A federal agency‘s recent decision involving the endangered American burying beetle could cause up to a year’s delay in construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, if the project wins federal approval,” the Omaha World-Herald reported Wednesday.
Of course, a spokesman for TransCanada says the federal officials assessment is premature.
But let’s just stop for a moment and take this all in. After everything that has happened with the construction of this pipeline, Federal officials may delay it for up to a year because there is an endangered bug in the area.
But wait! It gets better:
… an official with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed the agency is not allowing researchers hired by pipeline TransCanada to trap and relocate the endangered beetles from the new path of the controversial crude-oil pipeline until the project receives federal approval.
Agency's decision on beetle could affect Keystone XL pipeline - Omaha.com
No, Seriously: Keystone Pipeline Could be Delayed up to a Year Because of an Endangered Beetle | TheBlaze.com