Jeb Bush, who is weighing a 2016 White House run, pledged to help get TransCanada's Keystone pipeline system going long before the final phase of the project became a high-profile battleground over climate change and energy security.
Newly released emails from Bush's time as Florida's governor include a 2006 exchange with an engineering company working on the first phase of TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone system, which brings crude from Alberta's oil sands to U.S. markets.
The official with the company Trow (which is now called Exp), in a July 12, 2006 email, complained that the State Department was dragging its feet on launching environmental review of a permit request for the pipeline filed in April of that year.
The Trow official, Mike Koski, emphasized that the project was bringing work to the company's Tallahassee office and that they hoped to bring more workers there.
"We have had numerous meetings with the DOS and have filed a presidential permit application and supporting Environmental Report to initiate the [National Environmental Policy Act] review. This was filed April 20th. To date there has been virtually no action from the DOS on the matter," he wrote in the message to Bush.