07 Feb '12, 8pm

Dangerous Republican Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Approved in House Committee

WASHINGTON (February 7, 2012) – The following is a statement from Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, on H.R. 3458, a bill introduced by Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., and approved today by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. As part of the final bill, the committee rejected an amendment by Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., that would require the tar sands oil from the pipeline to be kept in the United States. “This legislation is just a ruse to turn Congress into a permitting body and jam the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline through without proper environmental review. The Terry bill does not give the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission the power to decide whether the Keystone XL pipeline should proceed as some Republicans might describe. “Instead, they are approving a pipeline with a route that is yet to be determined and that would carry a corrosiv...

Full article: http://www.nrdc.org/media/2012/120207.asp

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