Signatures on the new House letter include House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Reps. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) and Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), two of Upton’s top lieutenants on the panel.
Upton, in an interview with a Michigan radio station Tuesday, suggested he’ll continue using his chairmanship to raise the pipeline’s profile.
“We are going to be looking at some hearings and perhaps legislation as well to try and move this process along a little bit faster,” he told WHTC.
His committee held hearings on the project in the last Congress, and the House approved legislation to mandate approval, but it didn't advance in the Senate.
Major business groups and a number of unions support the proposed pipeline, but environmental groups strongly oppose it, arguing it furthers development and reliance on carbon-intensive oil sands projects.