Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., said the Exxon Mobil pipeline spill in Arkansas raises new concerns about the Keystone XL pipeline, calling it a "troubling reminder" of the challenges of oil sands transport,The Washington Post reports.
In the weekly Republican address, Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., pressed the Obama administration to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, calling it a "no-brainer" that would create jobs and lower energy costs, The Hill reports.
House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans are staying the course on an energy agenda that emphasizes more domestic oil and gas production on federal lands and relaxed environmental regulations.
The six-point blueprint released Thursday by Energy and Commerce Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., also calls for Congress to force approval of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, support coal use and fight efforts to limit hydraulic fracturing of natural gas wells.
President Barack Obama faces more pressure than ever to approve the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline after the Democratic Senate handily endorsed the project.
The Senate on Friday easily passed a non-binding budget amendment backing construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil sands pipeline on a 62-37 roll call vote. The majority coalition included 17 moderate Democrats and all 45 Republican, revealing there is a big enough majority to overcome a filibuster if an approval bill were to come to the floor.