The Republican wave Tuesday could bring a gusher of oil down from Canada, as GOP gains in the Senate appeared to give backers of the Keystone XL pipeline a filibuster-proof majority.
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The long-delayed final phase of the tube, envisioned as bringing oil from Alberta’s tar sands and North Dakota’s Bakken formation oil fields to Gulf Coast refineries, moved a major step forward as Republicans took control of the Senate. While Canadian oil is already piped into the U.S. via the existing, circuitous portion of the pipeline, the final phase would create a nearly straight shot from Alberta to Houston.
“I think you’re going to see us bring up energy legislation right away and Keystone will be one of the first things we pass,” Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said late Tuesday.