State Department: Serious questions on GOP pipeline bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department says a Republican bill
that would strip President Barack Obama of his authority to decide
on a Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline raises "serious" legal
questions.

A top State Department official told Congress Wednesday that the
bill "imposes narrow time constraints and creates automatic
mandates that prevent an informed decision" on the Keystone XL
pipeline.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., would transfer
authority over the 1,700-mile pipeline to the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission.

President Obama blocked the $7 billion pipeline last week, saying
officials did not have enough time to review an alternate route
that avoided environmentally sensitive areas of Nebraska.

The plan by Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. would carry tar
sands oil from western Canada across six U.S. states to refineries
on the Texas Gulf Coast.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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