Third District Congressman Nick Rahall says the bill that would clear the way for an 875-mile section of the Keystone XL oil pipeline between Canada and Nebraska has been “hijacked.”

“This bill, this year, is born of fancy, not fact,” Congressman Rahall, a Democrat, said of the legislation he voted against on Wednesday night on Capitol Hill.  “It’s just another right-wing messaging bill.”

Second District Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito and First District Congressman David McKinley, both Republicans, voted for the bill which the U.S. House approved with a 241-175 vote.

As proposed, it would speed up approval of the northern section of the Keystone pipeline by eliminating the requirement for permit approval from President Barack Obama.

The President says the bill would “circumvent longstanding and proven processes.”

The White House has already approved the pipeline section from Oklahoma to Texas, but has twice stopped progress on the other part of the pipeline because of environmental issues.

The bill is not expected to get any kind of traction in the U.S. Senate.

Congressman Rahall says, many times in the past, he has voted for a different type of Keystone bill and could do so again in the future.  “I support the Keystone XL pipeline project,” he said on Thursday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

However, he says a more “reasonable” approach is needed, “(One) that sets time frames and tells the President, State Department, whatever other agencies have to approve this, ‘Here’s the time frame in which you need to get the permit out,'” the Congressman said.

TransCanada, which is based in Calgary, first proposed the $7 billion pipeline in 2008.  It would move oil 1,700 miles from the tar sands of western Canada to oil refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast.

As proposed, it would run through Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Montana to get to refineries in Texas.

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  • Doug

    Voters: It's time to use some common sense and get rid of this Obama hack!!!

  • wvman75

    More time means more costs, no start on job creation, and getting our oil from a more friendly source. Rahall needs to go. I'll be interested to see how Manchin votes when it reaches the Senate. If it even makes the floor.

  • grey4449

    Rahall is just doing what anticoal Obama wants him to do. That pipeline means alot of jobs and taxes which could help lower the deficient. Rahall is just voting how Obama wants and not whats best for our country. Remember when you vote. Rahall also voted to lower carbon which means less coal jobs. But he must do what Obama says right Joe.

  • Barry Pavlina

    The Red Dwarf's comments are spot on. This President ignores rules regulations and policies at will when it suits him. He's only doing what his sponsors and lobbyists dictate.

  • jr

    Why should we support something that will not benefit us in any way..Great Vote Nick..!

    • thornton

      I believe that reasoning applies to the current person occupying the presidency of the United States.
      Why indeed?

  • CaptainQ

    If one needs anymore evidence that Nicky Joe is Obama's Stooge, the Keystone vote (and his comments after the vote) was it. We'll see next year whether or not the voters of the Third Congressional District realize it.

  • FungoJoe

    Rahall sure is talented. He can talk out of all 3 sides of his face and his rear end at the same time. He ought to go on that TV show "Hezbollah Gots Talent."

  • Daryl

    Agree with his vote against this political stunt by the Repugs. But this Xl pipeline needs to be stopped forever! Won't create any substantial jobs and it sends oil elsewhere and tar sands carbon will destroy the climate faster than anything we can do.

    • TarSands4ever

      Daryl, please take your brother Larry and your other brother Daryl and move to San Fransissyco.

      • WVTD

        cut the boy a break, he has drunk the "global warming: kool-aid. oh, wait it has now morphed into "climate change".

        he may have a point though, it does seem to get warmer every spring and summer and then the climate changes and it gets cold again in the fall and winter, gee, aint them thar climate change folks the bestest an brightest.

        the far left is so easily manipulated it is funny to watch, like puppets on a string or lemmings following Obama into the sea.

  • Jason

    Bypassing the President was the only reason he rejected it? Really? Does it meet all other environmental requirements? They still have to get those permits regardless if the Prez gives the thumbs up to go. Illogical. Guess this is the whole not in my back yard attitude. We still use oil, but we can't have that pipeline on our lands. Has to be shipped in from our fine "friends" overseas.

  • hillbilly

    I am still willing to bet that the oil will go straight onto a tanker in the gulf and go elsewhere.. not to our refineries. It might provide some jobs for the short run, though.

    • wvrefugee

      These idiots are stupid enough to believe that this will decrease our oil dependency from the Middle East!! This oil, like every other drop here, will be sold on the World Market to the highest bidder wherever they may be!!

      • Ax Man

        So, let it go on the world market, the highest bit will much lower and we will pay less.

      • Shadow

        And what is wrong with that? We are a part of the World.

  • Red Dwarf

    'The President says the bill would “circumvent longstanding and proven processes.”' ... LOL - ROFL...says the emperor of sidestepping the approval process and using executive order at his will. What a hypocrite!

  • blugldmn

    Rahall doesnt want to give his Arab brethren any oil competition. Why in Gods name WV keeps electing this turncoat is beyond me.

    • WVSH

      I am also puzzled by the choices WV makes. The continued reelection of people like Rahall is pretty hilarious. His sister is a lobbyist for Qatar-- so where are his loyalties? As we have seen throughout his tenure he is a pro-Arab, afterall he is of Arabic descent. It makes perfect sense for him to be pro-coal but anti-gas/oil.

  • C.Hoffman

    No need to comment, rahall's mendacity speaks for itself. He was for it before he was against but he'll be for it again if not for those pesky right wing messages he hears from his neighbor's dog.

  • Jim Dietz

    Yep! Old Nicky Joe is still toeing the party (Obama) line.

    Please send him packing in the upcoming elections. Let's get someone in there that is interested in America's future instead of party politics.

  • wvrefugee

    Great vote!