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
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.