Press Release

Senate Rejects Bid to Force Approval of Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

WASHINGTON (November 18, 2014) – Despite strong lobbying by oil-industry allies, the U.S. Senate tonight defeated an effort to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

The following is a statement by Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council:

“The bill would have turned Congress into a permitting authority, overriding environmental law, and giving a green light to a pipeline project that would worsen climate change and threaten water quality. The Senate did the right thing to reject the misguided bill, and now the president should do the right thing and reject the pipeline.”

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