2014-01-24T182301Z_1_CBREA0N1F2I00_RTROPTP_2_USA

Republican Senators urge Obama to move on Keystone XL pipeline

Senator Hoeven participates in the Washington Ideas Forum at the Newseum in WashingtonAll 45 Republican U.S. Senators urged President Barack Obama on Friday to end delays and approve the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline that would connect Canada’s tar sands with refiners at the Gulf of Mexico. The letter was timed ahead of the president’s annual State of the Union speech on Tuesday, although it is unknown if Obama will make a reference to Keystone. “Given the length of time your administration has studied the Keystone XL pipeline and the public’s overwhelming support for it, you should not further delay a decision to issue a Presidential permit,” the senators wrote to Obama in an effort led by John Hoeven of North Dakota and John Barrasso of Wyoming. First proposed in 2008, TransCanada Corp’s pipeline is currently awaiting a final environmental impact statement (EIS) from the U.S. State Department, which is involved in the process because the pipeline crosses a national border.

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