On May 21,
the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.
3: the Northern Route Approval Act, by a vote of 241-175. H.R. 3
states that presidential approval is not needed to build the Keystone XL
Pipeline project. The proposed Keystone XL project has been hotly debated for
the past couple of years. The project would pipe oil from the tar sands of Canada
to the Gulf Coast area. The bill moves to the Senate, where it faces an
several phases of the pipeline have already been built, the most controversial
part of the system – which runs from Alberta, Canada to Steele City, Nebraska,
is pending approval by the U.S. Department of State. Concerns were
initially raised over the pipeline’s original proposed route through the Sand
Hills region of Nebraska, which is an ecologically sensitive area. After
negotiations, TransCanada changed the proposed route to lessen "disturbance
of land, water resources and special areas."
Local governments have been split on this
issue. While concerns have been raised about the potential environmental
and safety impacts of installing the pipeline, including oil spills and the
extraction method used for tar sands oil – which creates more greenhouse gases
than traditional forms of oil extraction – the pipeline will also bring jobs
and will strengthen the tax base for rural communities.
the Administration and Congress to expedite the comprehensive review and
submission for the approval process, the Presidential Permit for the Keystone
XL Pipeline, and other petroleum pipeline projects.
Contact: Julie Ufner firstname.lastname@example.org 202.942-4269