President Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill

By David Tanner, Land Line senior editor | 2/24/2015

As he said he would, President Obama has vetoed a bill that would have expanded the Keystone XL pipeline system, connecting the Alberta oil sands in Canada to the middle of the continental U.S.

Obama delivered a brief veto message to Congress on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

The Senate had approved a Keystone expansion bill on Jan. 29, and the House of Representatives approved it on Feb. 11.

During the lead-up to the House vote, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced that President Obama would veto an expansion bill pending further government reviews to determine if the project is in the nation’s best interest.

Keystone supporters say the pipeline expansion would reduce dependence on foreign oil and keep energy prices low while opponents cite environmental concerns and climate change as their main objections.

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