“I will leave the EPA confident the ship is sailing in the right direction, and ready in my own life for new challenges, time with my family and new opportunities to make a difference,” said EPA head Lisa Jackson who gave no exact date for her departure, but will leave after Obama’s State of the Union address in late January.
Announcing her resignation on Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency Administration head did not specifically say why she is leaving and one report by Buzzfeed comfirmed by a source within the Obama administration say that Jackson may departing because of her disagreement with President Barack Obama’s plan to move forward on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline which was denied by spokespeople for the White House.
The Keystone Pipeline System would be used to transport synthetic crude oil and bitumen from Alberta Canada and further south American Crude to one of the multiple refineries in Illinois, Oklahoma and along the Gulf Coast of Texas which is opposed by environmentalists and some members of the U.S. congress because of potential pollution of drinking water and farm irrigation water in Nebraska.
“It was all about Keystone for the last 16 months,” said the former senior Obama administration official. Jackson had opposed the project and did not win the internal arguments. It was understood among her colleagues that she would leave after the November election because of this.
New York Times had reported earlier last year that sources say Jackson considered resigning but at that time Obama backed off from the EPA Proposed ozone pollution standards but ultimately “abandoned the idea as a futile gesture,”
On March 22, 2012 President Barack Obama made the announcement: “Now, right now, a company called TransCanada has applied to build a new pipeline to speed more oil from Cushing to state-of-the-art refineries down on the Gulf Coast. And today, I’m directing my administration to cut through the red tape, break through the bureaucratic hurdles, and make this project a priority, to go ahead and get it done.”
Obama has directed permits to begin the pipeline in northern part of the pipeline but for the southern part of the pipeline he has asked for further study to protect the environment and drinking water yet on speculation this balance may not have been enough for Jackson.