US Senate to hold hearing on Keystone XL pipeline

AFP, December 31

The US Senate will hold a hearing next week on the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline that has been fiercely opposed by environmentalists and some Democrats.

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee said it would hold the hearing on legislation to approve the pipeline project on January 7, after the chamber falls under Republican control.

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In November, the Senate — while still under Democratic control — rejected by a single vote a bill that would have approved construction of the 1,179-mile (1,900 kilometer) pipeline.

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