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Keystone Pipeline Red Tape Anniversary

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It's being called the "Red Tape Anniversary" because it's been five years since the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline was submitted. Many members of congress are upset it's still not approved.

Representative Steve Daines testified before a congressional committee on Thursday on the delays to building the pipeline. The project will move oil from the Bakken and Canada to refineries in the south.

The pipeline has bi-partisan support and still awaits approval from the white house. Congressional members say the pipeline will not only create jobs, but will help keep energy costs down.

"I've seen a lot of things in Washington that shock me since I've been elected. But the fact we are sitting here 5 years after an approval process was initiated for the construction of this pipeline is astounding," says Rep. Steve Daines (R), Montana.

Daines says Canada was able to approve the pipeline in seven months on its end.

The US State Department released three drafts of statements saying there is no significant impact on the environment.

Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester also spoke out on Thursday about the delay saying the president has no more excuses left.