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Keystone XL pipeline bill now heads to president

January 29, 2015

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., speaks to reporters Thursday inside the U.S. Senate. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., speaks to reporters Thursday inside the U.S. Senate.

By Bryce Martin | Pioneer Editor |

Those pipes lying undisturbed outside of Gascoyne could finally be put to use.

The U.S. Senate approved the bipartisan Keystone XL Pipeline legislation today, following months of roadblocks, including from President Barack Obama who said publicly that he would veto a bill if it was approved.

Now that the Senate and U.S. House of Representatives have passed the legislation, the final decision to start the controversial project rests in the president’s hands.

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., authored and introduced the legislation to approve the pipeline.

“The administration has delayed this important infrastructure project for more than six years. Despite a series of environmental reviews, all of which conclude that the project will have no significant environmental impact, President Obama has repeatedly postponed a decision,” Hoeven said in a statement following the vote.

In a recent poll, 65 percent of registered voters said they believe the president should sign the bill approving the pipeline and only 22 percent believe he should veto it, Hoeven said.

“This is about energy, jobs, economic activity, national security, and building the right kind of infrastructure we need to achieve all of these things,” he said.