|A stick marks the proposed route of the pipeline near|
Bradshaw, Neb. (Associated Press photo by Nati Harnik)
"The EPA’s objection provides opponents with political ammunition and could force President Obama to weigh in on the permitting decision," report Lenny Bernstein and Juliet Eilperin of The Washington Post. "Secretary of State John Kerry will decide whether the pipeline is in the U.S. national interest unless another federal agency objects. If the EPA continues to challenge State’s analysis, Obama will have to make the call."
The northern leg of the pipeline would covers 1,179 miles and transport 830,000 barrels daily, traveling across 274 miles of Nebraska, home of the Ogallala Aquifer, a vital source of water under most of the Great Plains. We wrote recently about the fight Nebraskans have waged against the pipeline to get it moved away from the aquifer.