House Panel OKs Bill To Circumvent Obama On Keystone XL

Law360, New York (April 17, 2013, 5:39 PM EDT) -- A U.S. House of Representatives panel on Wednesday green-lighted a bill that would allow TransCanada Corp.'s controversial Keystone XL pipeline to go ahead without presidential approval, sending it to the full House for a floor vote.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved H.R. 3, titled the Northern Route Approval Act, by a 30-18 vote, with four Democrats joining 26 Republicans in backing the measure, which also limits legal challenges to the project.

The pipeline, which would carry high-polluting tar sands oil from Canada to the...
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