Keystone oil pipeline will be dropped from final highway bill
House Democrat who supports the Keystone XL oil pipeline predicted
that the project will be left on the cutting room floor in House-Senate
negotiations over transportation legislation.
is that it would not be in the final product,” said Rep. Nick Rahall
the top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure
are the latest sign that backers of the pipeline will face hurdles
inclusion in the bill to reauthorize popular road and infrastructure
version of the transportation programs funding bill includes language
approves construction of TransCanada Corp.’s proposed pipeline to bring
Canadian oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries.
plan omits it, and bicameral talks are under way to craft a final bill
the current transportation programs authorization expires at the end of
is on the bicameral panel negotiating on the bill, said interest in
to other portions of the bill will carry the day.
putting people to work is much more important right now. I’d say in a
of states, putting people to work by passing this transportation bill
job than the Keystone pipeline in their states,” he told reporters.
House, which says the pipeline needs more review before a federal
permit can be granted, has threatened to veto the House transportation
that approves the pipeline.
are pressing for inclusion of Keystone, but some GOP members have
they’re reluctant to jeopardize the negotiations over the matter.
and other articles at The Hill