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U.S. Senate approves Keystone pipeline project


WASHINGTON D.C. (WVVA) The U.S. Senate has approved legislation for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline project.

The 1,179-mile pipeline would carry an estimated 800,000 barrels of crude oil a day from Canada to Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines on its way to Gulf Coast refineries.

After years of political differences over the project, the legislation was approved by a 62 to 36 vote in the Senate on Thursday.

Sen. Joe Manchin released the following statement:

“I am so pleased that bipartisan legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline has finally passed in the Senate, especially after we had the opportunity to extensively debate this issue and add dozens of amendments. As I've said again and again, we must address the critical issues of moving America toward energy independence, while continuing to foster job growth and economic prosperity. The Keystone XL pipeline will help us reach these goals as we partner with one of our strongest allies, Canada. It is my hope that the bill will swiftly pass through the House and that the President will defer to multiple State Department studies which have all concluded the project will have no significant impact on our environment. With a majority of Americans in support of the Keystone XL pipeline's construction, let's move this project forward once and for all," says Sen. Joe Manchin (D) West Virginia

Freshman Senator Shelley Moore Capito released this statement on the bipartisan bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline;

“My first act in the Senate was co-sponsoring this bipartisan bill to authorize Keystone XL's construction. I was proud to see it come to fruition today. Construction of the Keystone XL pipeline will bring thousands of jobs and a big boost to America's economy. If President Obama is serious about being a defender of the middle-class, I urge him to carry out the will of the American people and support this commonsense, job-creating project," says Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R) West Virginia.

The Senate bill is different than the one passed in the House of Representatives. House members can either pass the Senate's version or both chambers will have to conference to resolve any differences. President Barack Obama has indicated he will veto the measure if it comes to his desk.

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