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Northern Route Approval Act: Approving Keystone XL

Northern Route Approval Act: Approving Keystone XL

Nicolas Loris

April 15, 2013

President Obama has been holding up the Keystone XL Pipeline. Could Congress go ahead and clear it for construction–and prevent environmental activists from tying the project in litigation if it gets the green light?

Trans Canada Keystone Oil Pipeline

Trans Canada Keystone Oil Pipeline (Photo credit: shannonpatrick17)

That’s the question at tomorrow’s Energy and Commerce Committee Energy and Power Subcommittee hearing. The subcommittee will be marking up Representative Lee Terry (R–NE) Northern Route Approval Act. The legislation removes the final decision from President Obama’s hands and approves the pipeline by deeming the State Department’s first environmental review as satisfying all requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act.

TransCanada first announced it wanted to build this project in January 2008. Five years later, we still need the energy, the jobs, and the economic activity.

Representative Lee’s bill does what The Heritage Foundation has been saying ever since this project turned from a decision about a pipeline to a political football. Since the State Department’s first environmental review concluded the Keystone XL pipeline would have no significant environmental impact, it would be a good idea for Congress to authorize the pipeline application submitted by TransCanada pursuant to its authority to regulate commerce with other nations.

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