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House members move to jump–start Keystone XL approval
US House Energy and Commerce Committee members released a discussion draft of legislation designed to jump–start approval of the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline project. The draft bill by Rep. Lee Terry (R–Neb.) would eliminate the need for a presidential permit and find that the Aug. 26, 2011, final environmental impact statement issued by Sec. of State Hillary Clinton satisfied all National Environmental Policy Act requirements.
Reps. Jim Matheson (D–Utah) and John Barrow (D–Ga.) cosponsored the proposal, which also would limit legal challenges to the project so it would not be delayed further...