GOP Bill Would Force Obama's Hand On Oil Sands Pipeline

Law360, New York (November 30, 2011, 8:31 PM EST) -- A group of U.S. Senate Republicans introduced a bill Wednesday that would force President Barack Obama to make a decision about TransCanada Corp.'s controversial $7 billion oil sands pipeline that would run from Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., was lead sponsor for the North American Energy Security Act that would require the U.S. Department of State to grant a permit the Keystone XL Pipeline project within 60 days unless the White House declared the pipeline "not in the national interest," according to the legislation.

The act, which has over...
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