(Michael Mathes – AFP)
The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to bring oil from Canada, but the measure could still find itself blocked in the Senate.
The project, which would bring oil from tar sands in Alberta province to U.S. refineries, passed the Republican-controlled House by 252 votes to 161, with 31 Democrats supporting the measure.
Keystone’s progress is closely monitored in Canada, where government officials and builder TransCanada have said the project would provide an economic boon. Read more here.