US government delays gas delivery to Mexico amid gas pipeline strike

US government delays gas delivery to Mexico amid gas pipeline strike

The United States has postponed deliveries of gas to Mexico as the two countries face off in a dispute over pipeline construction, according to a new report from Axios.

The U.S. State Department said Friday that the government has not yet received a final decision on whether to proceed with the delivery of gas in the face of a dispute with Mexico.

The government will also be unable to ship gas from the United States to Mexico until the matter is resolved, Axios reported, citing an unnamed official.

A senior State Department official told Axios that the State Department was still evaluating whether it could deliver gas to Mexican refineries.

“We will do what we can to try to resolve this,” the official said.

Axios cited a State Department source as saying the State Dept. would still consider ordering gas shipments through the pipeline if there is a change in circumstances.

The two sides had agreed to an initial agreement to begin the construction of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline last month, which would carry about 800,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta, Canada, to Steele City, Texas.

But the Trump administration in August threatened to stop the project entirely if the two sides failed to reach an agreement on how to address the dispute.

The proposed Keystone pipeline would carry oil from Alberta to the Gulf Coast refineries, which is the route of a major energy export pipeline from the Canadian tar sands to the U.K. and other countries.

The company that owns the pipeline has not commented on the latest report, but the State department said it was aware of the Axios report.

“It’s not unusual for the State Departments Pipeline Security and Transportation Office to conduct an investigation in the case of potential security concerns, and it will continue to do so in the absence of a definitive determination from the parties,” a State Dept official told Reuters.

Axio reported the pipeline would be delayed for two months.

The State Department, which has no authority to stop or delay the Keystone pipeline, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Trump administration has criticized the Keystone XL project as dangerous, and its proposed changes to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea have drawn criticism from the Obama administration.

The pipeline is also scheduled to cross the United Kingdom, but some environmental groups say it will damage the environment and could not be built under current circumstances.