NEW YORK The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has approved legislation that would expedite the permitting of TransCanada Corp.s proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
"After more than four years of bureaucratic delays, this bill will finally allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, creating thousands of American jobs and displacing overseas imports with millions of barrels of safe and secure oil supplies," said committee chairman Rep. Bill Shuster (R., Pa.).
The committee voted 33-24 to advance the bill, which now moves to the full House of Representatives for debate.
The Northern Route Approval Act would "eliminate the need for a presidential permit, address all other necessary federal permits and limit litigation that could doom the $7-billion jobs and energy infrastructure project," according to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce (amm.com, April 4).
"We appreciate the continued support for Keystone XL, which is consistent with public opinion polling that continues to show that a strong majority of Americans want to see Keystone XL built," a TransCanada spokesman said in an e-mail.