Pipeline Decision Could Bypass President

By: Kim Eiten Email
By: Kim Eiten Email

There is still no word on the fate of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline.

President Obama has not made a decision on it yet. He can choose to either approve or deny it.

In the meantime, North Dakota Republican Senator John Hoeven does not want to wait for the president to make a decision. He wants to get the project underway right now.

Other Congressional Republicans are looking to take charge and get the pipeline built. It it happens, the pipeline would carry oil from Canada down to the Gulf Coast and cut across Nebraska.

According to Hoeven's Deputy Chief of Staff, Congress could sign off on it and bypass the president completely.

"Nebraska can continue to work through the process it has set up through the special session. That would be completely respected, and Nebraska can determine its own destiny, if you will, as far as timing and the route through the state," said Senator John Hoeven's Deputy Chief of Staff, Ryan Bernstein.

President Obama has until February 21st to decide on the permit.

Supporters think it would reduce dependence on foreign oil. Opponents worry about leaks.

Meanwhile, Transcanada, the company that would install the pipeline, said it will present its proposal for a new route across Nebraska that would avoid the ecologically sensitive Sandhills.

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