State Dept. Challenges Bill To Revive Keystone Pipeline

Law360, New York (January 25, 2012, 12:56 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of State’s environmental chief on Wednesday told a U.S. House of Representatives panel that legislation stripping the Obama administration of its authority to deny TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline could undercut federal and state agencies’ ability to manage the project.

In a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Assistant Secretary of State Kerri-Ann Jones said the bill raised “serious questions about existing legal authorities” and would override foreign policy and national security matters that her agency should handle.

The bill, the...
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