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US House renews Keystone XL debate

Published by Steve Coleman on April 19, 2012

The US House of Representatives gave the Keystone XL pipeline its second wind April 18, including a resolution in a highway and infrastructure funding bill that the Alberta-Nebraska section of the line be allowed to proceed.

A $7 billion expansion of TransCanada's Alberta-Texas pipeline was put on hold at the White House level, citing more environmental work needed to be done to ensure the pipeline was safe.

One provision in the bill would strip President Barack Obama of his authority to rule on the pipeline project. News reports said Tuesday that Obama would veto the bill, as it reads now, if it came to his desk for signing.

The bill still has to make it through the Senate before it even gets that far.

The section running between the US Midwest and Gulf of Mexico refineries in Texas has been split off from the international section.

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