Reid says he’d allow Keystone pipeline vote
“If it were the only totally non-relevant, non-germane amendment, that would be fine . . . but they have got lots of them,” Reid said.
Sens. John HoevenJohn Henry HoevenThe 19 GOP senators who voted for the T infrastructure bill The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators MORE (R-N.D.), Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and David VitterDavid Bruce VitterBiden inaugural committee to refund former senator's donation due to foreign agent status Bottom line Lysol, Charmin keep new consumer brand group lobbyist busy during pandemic MORE (R-La.) want to amend the sweeping transportation funding bill with a measure that authorizes TransCanada Corp. to build Keystone, which would bring oil from Alberta’s massive tar sands projects to Gulf Coast refineries.
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He instead objected to a permit decision deadline that Republicans demanded, alleging it would short-circuit review.
TransCanada plans to reapply for the cross-border permit and is also, with the White House’s blessing, planning to proceed with a portion of the project to bring U.S. oil from Oklahoma to the Gulf Coast.
Environmental groups bitterly oppose the project due to greenhouse gas emissions from extracting and burning oil sands, forest damage from the projects, and fears of spills along the pipeline route.