GOP set to send Keystone bill to Obama

The showdown over the Keystone XL oil pipeline between Republicans in Congress and President Barack Obama sees its next act unfold this week.

The GOP-led House plans on Wednesday to pass and send to his desk a bill approved by the Senate to authorize the $8 billion line from Canada, according to a schedule issued late Friday by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.


TransCanada looking at crude-by-rail

Financial Post

As the approval process for the Keystone XL pipeline continues to drag on, project owner TransCanada will likely start moving oil by rail, CEO Russ Girling said in Toronto Wednesday, the Financial Post reports.


EPA gives Keystone XL a climate black eye

Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday ramped up their calls for President Barack Obama to reject the $8 billion project, based on new Environmental Protection Agency criticism of the State Department's review of the line's contributions to climate change.

EPA said in comments published Tuesday on the department's final supplemental environmental impact statement that the crash in oil prices should prompt officials to revisit its conclusion that the project won't directly spur carbon-intensive Canadian oil sands crude.

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Keystone XL clears Senate, veto battle ahead

After years of vocal support for the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline and three weeks of debate on the Senate floor, Republicans on Thursday passed an approval bill with the help of moderate Democrats, setting the stage for a veto fight with President Barack Obama.

Senators voted 62-36 to approve the bill by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., a majority that included nine moderate Democrats who voted to approve the $8 billion Canadian project in November.


Senate approves Keystone XL bill, veto fight looms

The Senate on Thursday voted 62-36 to approve the Keystone XL pipeline bill, ending three weeks of debate and setting up the first veto fight between the new Republican majority and President Barack Obama.

A group of nine Democrats joined Republicans to pass the measure, which must still be reconciled with a House version passed earlier this month. 

The White House earlier in the day stood by its veto threat against the bill. 


Keystone XL bill advances toward Senate passage

The Senate on Thursday voted 62-35 to advance the Keystone XL pipeline approval bill to likely passage later in the day.

The successful cloture vote, which required a 60-vote threshold for adoption, ended any filibuster threat that could delay the bill.

The majority included nine Democrats who voted for the project in November. Three senators did not vote. 


Key issues and updates on the Keystone XL oil pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is closing in on a vote to authorize the Keystone XL oil pipeline this week.

But the fate of the $8 billion project depends not only on what happens in Congress, but also in the courts, at the White House and with TransCanada, the pipeline's developer.


Some Nebraska landowners fighting Keystone to protect their family farms

The New York Times

The Harrington sisters, living in southeastern Nebraska, are among landowners in the state who are fighting TransCanada and the Keystone XL pipeline to protect farms their family has run for generations, The New York Times reports.


TransCanada takes steps to acquire Keystone pipeline land

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The developer of the Keystone XL oil pipeline took its first steps in Nebraska on Tuesday since the state's high court removed a major legal barrier for the planned route.

Officials with TransCanada said they've filed paperwork in nine counties to acquire access to the remaining land that's needed to construct, operate and maintain the pipeline. The two-year window for TransCanada to invoke eminent domain in Nebraska closes Thursday.

Associated Press

Keystone XL set for first votes in Senate

The Keystone XL pipeline remains the main attraction on the Senate floor this week, even as it will be overshadowed on Tuesday by President Barack Obama's annual State of the Union address.

Votes on four amendments to the Keystone approval bill are to begin on Tuesday afternoon, with dozens more from both sides waiting in the wings for possible consideration.


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