Environmental groups are also sensitive because of earlier controversies over whether State had kept a proper distance from TransCanada and whether its Environmental Impact Statement took into account the emission of greenhouse gases from oil sands mining.
When Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline, he said the State Department would consider a new permit application, which TransCanada has filed, amended to circumvent the most sensitive areas of Nebraska.
If all goes as planned, the State Department is expected to make a decision sometime in the first quarter of next year.
Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), another potential secretary of state for Obama, and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, have a net worth of $181 million to $282 million, according to his most recent disclosure statements. Kerry’s wife was previously married to the late senator H. John Heinz III (R-Pa.), who died in 1991. The Kerrys’ more diverse set of investments includes $250,000 to $500,000 of shares in Suncor, held in a Heinz family stock fund.