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Keystone pipeline fails to get vote in Senate

WASHINGTON D.C. (WVVA) The U.S. Senate rejects the Keystone pipeline project by a vote of 59-41.

The proposed pipeline would run nearly 1200 miles from the oil rich tar sands of Canada to Gulf Coast refineries. The $8 billion Keystone XL oil pipeline was first introduced in 2008. The project has been stalled by environmental reviews, objections to the proposed route, and political differences.

The House voted 252-161 in favor of the bill, supported by 221 Republicans. Not a single GOP member of the House voted against it. It was the ninth time the bill passed the House.

A recent report from the State Department indicated the project would not increase carbon emissions because the Canadian oil would make it to market anyway. The proposed pipeline would carry an estimated 800,000 barrels of crude oil a day.

Senator Joe Manchin (D) voted in favor of the pipeline. Outgoing Senator Jay Rockefeller (D) voted against the measure.

“I am deeply disappointed that the Senate failed to pass the Keystone XL pipeline,” Senator Manchin said. “We have everything to gain by building this pipeline, especially since it would help create thousands of jobs right here at home. Keystone XL is expected to create 20,000 direct jobs during construction and 118,000 indirect and spinoff jobs. With well over 1,000 American businesses already supplying goods and services to pipeline companies, the ripple effects of these projects would continue to boost economic prosperity and create more employment opportunities in other industries. Every state - including West Virginia - would benefit economically from this activity."

In January, Republicans will take control of the Senate. GOP leaders have indicated the project's approval will be a top priority. 

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