Reporting from Washington — Republicans continued efforts to advance the Keystone XL oil pipeline, hoping to bypass President Obama’s decision to shelve the project and drive a political wedge between Democrats on the issue.
The GOP-led House’s Energy and Commerce Committee approved legislation on Tuesday that would remove the project’s approval from the administration’s jurisdiction and require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to decide whether to approve the project within 30 days.
“We’ve got to move the Keystone XL pipeline forward, despite the president’s effort to kill it – and this bill does just that,” said Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.), the bill’s author.
The pipeline proposed by TransCanada Corp. would cut through the American heartland from tar sands in Canada to the Gulf Coast refineries. The Obama administration postponed a decision on the project until after the November election and maneuvered around a GOP attempt to force an earlier agreement.