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S Amdt 1537 - Approving the Keystone XL Pipeline Project - National Key Vote

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Title: Approving the Keystone XL Pipeline Project

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt an amendment to S 1813 that exempts the Keystone Pipeline project from further executive approval and authorizes the State of Nebraska to modify existing route plans through the state.

Highlights:

  • Authorizes TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P., to construct, operate, and maintain crude oil and hydrocarbon pipeline facilities at the United States-Canada border without any additional executive orders or environmental impact statements.
  • Specifies that the final environmental impact statement issued by the Department of State on August 26, 2011 shall be considered to satisfy all federal requirements.
  • Authorizes the State of Nebraska to submit any proposal to the Secretary of State for the route of the pipeline through Nebraska, and specifies that the new route shall supersede the route included in the original permit application on the date that it is received by the Secretary of State.

NOTE: THIS LEGISLATION NEEDED A THREE-FIFTHS MAJORITY VOTE TO PASS.

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