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Pipe Line Plan

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House has voted to speed up a decision by the Obama administration on a plan to pipe oil from western Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast.

Lawmakers voted Tuesday to set a Nov. 1 deadline for the State Department to decide on the $7 billion project. A Canadian company wants to build a 1,900-mile pipeline to carry crude oil extracted from tar sands in Alberta, Canada, to refineries in Texas.

GOP Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan said that if the United States does not act soon, the oil is likely to go to China or other countries.

Environmental groups say the proposed Keystone XL pipeline could be an ecological disaster. The State Department has authority over the pipeline because it crosses an international boundary.


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