EPA head resigns over anticipated Keystone XL approval

EPA Lisa Jackson

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency head Lisa Jackson will resign this year, a fact known to the President since shortly after re-election. Now, a new report says the motivation for her resignation may be tied heavily to the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline.

The New York Post reports the Keystone XL Pipeline, which will carry oil sands from Canada to the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, will be approved this year. According to the Post, that pending approval has not only led to Jackson’s resignation, but pulled it from October or November of this year to March or April.

Jackson was appointed to head the organization shortly after President Obama’s first inauguration. Jackson and the agency have worked alongside, and sometimes butted heads against, the Administration over the realization of the Keystone pipeline. That, combined with opposing views on ozone and pollution legislation, have tested the relationship between the two groups.

Jackson and the EPA are also mired in a House investigation for alleged misconduct using email. Jackson is accused of operating a second email address under a false name. That investigation is ongoing.

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