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Constitutional Problems with Keystone Pipeline

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Keystone protestorsby KrisAnne Hall, Western Journalism

The Keystone Pipeline is a major hot topic in politics these days. I feel obliged to bring up some concerns about the language of HR 3, The Northern Route Approval Act, which the House of Representatives passed to clear the way for laying the pipeline.

Justin Amash, Representative from the 3rd District in Michigan, first alerted us to the problems with this bill.  It is a short bill; the language is clear and concise so it isn’t difficult to understand.

The problem is simply this: the bill grants federal permit exemptions not available to anyone else, extends the government privilege of eminent domain, and denies the people and the States their right of due process all in favor of a single private foreign corporation, the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline, L.P.

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