WATCH: Tillerson recuses himself from Keystone pipeline decision

Tillerson recuses himself from the applications for a permit for the Keystone XL Pipline


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The Associated Press
March 10, 2017 5:15AM (UTC)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says top U.S. diplomat Rex Tillerson has recused himself from TransCanada's application for a presidential permit for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

Environmental group Greenpeace has called for Tillerson, former CEO of oil giant Exxon Mobil, to take that step.

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The pipeline, which would bring oil from Canada to the U.S., was halted by then-President Barack Obama. In one of his first decisions as president, Donald Trump invited the Keystone builder, TransCanada, to resubmit its application to construct and operate the pipeline.

Department spokesman Mark Toner said Thursday that Secretary of State Tillerson decided in early February to recuse himself from TransCanada's application. He has not worked on it at the State Department and will "play no role in the deliberations or ultimate resolution" of the application.


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