Pipeline bill veto opens door to discuss moral issues on environment

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February 25, 2015

Keystone XL oil pipeline veto supporters gather in Washington

Veto supporters rally in front of the White House Feb. 24, the same day U.S. President Barack Obama vetoed a bill passed by the House and Senate to approving construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline that would run from Canada to the Gulf Coast. (CNS photo/Larry Downing, Reuters)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholic organizations welcomed President Barack Obama’s Feb. 24 veto of a bill approving an oil pipeline through the country’s midsection, saying that it allows more opportunity to consider moral questions about the environment and climate change.

Representatives of the groups told Catholic News Service they are hopeful that the Keystone XL project would not be approved by the White House after the Department of State concludes its years-long evaluation of the project that would carry oil from the tar sands region of Alberta, Canada, to Gulf Coast refineries.

“He’s doing the right thing by vetoing it. The Keystone pipeline would be very damaging to the environment,” said Patrick Carolan, executive director of the Franciscan Action Network, which has played a major role among faith-based organizations raising concerns about the project.

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