Obama rejected a permit for Keystone construction, but on Jan. 6, TransCanada sued in federal court in Houston to overturn that ruling.
The full story about the administration's true role in this disaster may have to wait for the outcome of federal-level investigations.
The well from which it came lacked a working safety valve; while one was supposed to be implemented back in 1979, the company failed to do this.
Though climate change persists to the tune of desperate urgency, it must be said that 2015 is ending on a high note.
The agreement signed by 195 countries in Paris triggered commentary on its merit or lack thereof; but first, let's look at the positives.
"The magnitude of what we are dealing with, I don't believe it can only be solved by governments; we need a system change."
The community development organization members believe that an alternative, clean energy economy can be achieved by empowering the underprivileged and unemployed.
"The Paris deal recognizes the reality of the climate threat, but only takes us part of the way."
This is an effort to undermine the Obama administration's credibility and to sabotage COP 21's potential for success in Paris.
The agreement streamlines procedures to make it easier for U.S. and Cuban scientists to work toward the biological resources of both countries.