safest and most economically and environmentally effective means of doing so."
Capito said, "The Keystone XL is the most studied pipeline in our nation's history, and with more than 15,500 pages of review indicating that the project is safe and in the national interest, it is time to move forward. An energy economy is a jobs economy. It is time to forge ahead with the pipeline and take steps toward energy independence."
Rahall said in a release that he supported Republican-sponsored legislation during the last Congress, which would have placed a deadline on the issuance or denial of the permit.
"I want to see this pipeline built," Rahall said on the House floor. "But it will not be under this proposal. Waiving permits. Deeming permit applications approved. For a foreign company? We do not even do that for domestic companies.
"Everybody in this country understands you need a permit for certain activities," he said. "You need a permit to drive. You need a permit to mine coal, to build a highway, to construct a shopping mall. You even need a permit, a license, to get married."
Rahall proposed a failed amendment to HR that would have stricken the section waiving the presidential permit and considering the 2011 and 2013 reports sufficient for environmental purposes.
Rahall said: "It boils down to this: Right-wing politics trumping what is right, what is correct, and what is just for this pipeline to proceed through the permitting process. To be built. To put people to work. So let's get serious."
Capito disagreed, saying by phone the environmental permitting is done and the project is ready to go forward. Opposing the bill is "a stall tactic, just a way to put it on the shelf again."
McKinley said in an email exchange, "Completing the Keystone Pipeline will make America more energy independent and create thousands of jobs. For over 1,700 days, the Obama Administration has stood in the way of creating good-paying jobs for hard-working Americans despite strong support for completing the Keystone Pipeline. In March, a bipartisan group of 62 Senators voted to support Keystone, and now the House has overwhelming supported it as well. It's time for President Obama and the Senate to act and move this project forward to create jobs and take advantage of North American energy."
The bill heads to the Senate, where many expect it to die.
The Keystone XL northern route, if built, would supplement the original Keystone pipeline that takes a more indirect route from Hardisty through eastern North Dakota to Steele City. That 2,151-mile pipeline can transport up to 590,000 barrels of oil from Alberta a day to Illinois and Oklahoma.
"The two projects were developed in response to the needs of our customers to meet a growing need for crude oil by U.S. refiners in the Midwest and the Gulf Coast, and contracts for up to 20 years have been signed for shippers on each pipeline," TransCana -- da's Davis Sheremata told The Dominion Post.
The State Department's web pages on the Keystone XL project report that the 45-day comment period on the draft SEIS closed on April 22. On May 15, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued its Biological Opinion. "The Department continues to review the Presidential Permit application for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline in a rigorous, transparent, and efficient manner."
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