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The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives approved the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, but a similar measure struggled to get enough support in the Senate and President Barack Obama indicated he might use his veto if the bill does get through Congress. The legislation, approved by 252 votes to 161, circumvents the need for approval of TransCanada Corp's $8 billion project by the Obama administration, which has been considering it for more than six years. House lawmakers were confident the Senate would follow suit and pass its version of the bill. The bill's sponsor, Republican Representative Bill Cassidy from Louisiana, said before the vote the House would make it "as easy as possible for the Senate to finally get a bill to the president's desk that approves this long-overdue Keystone XL pipeline."
originally posted by: peck420
a reply to: the owlbear
I guess your peeps back in Nebraska don't mind the large, leaky trains currently carrying it?
I guess trains do have a better image than pipes. Unfortunately, I doubt the aquifer cares much about image.
originally posted by: the owlbear
My family has worked the rails for generations in all facets of operations.
They have a better environmental record than petrochemical pipelines and actually clean up after themselves, the oil companies cant say as much. There's still a leak in the gulf thanks to bp.
It seems like an easy question. But the numbers vary widely.
The State Department, which completed an environmental review of the project Jan. 31, has said the pipeline would create the equivalent of 3,900 full-time construction jobs if it's completed in one year, or 1,950 if it’s done in two years. Once the pipeline is finished, there will be just 50 permanent positions, including 15 for temporary contractors.
TransCanada, the company hoping to build the pipeline from oil sands in western Canada to refineries in the U.S., has come to a far different conclusion. It says the project will create about 9,000 part-time, temporary and full-time construction jobs. It hasn't said how many permanent jobs it will provide once construction's complete.