Congressional representatives decided to delay sending the Keystone XL pipeline bill to President Obama’s desk Thursday until after a recess break.
The bill was slated to hit the president’s desk during the week of February 23 but will now go to the president after Congress resumes session on February 24.
North Dakota Senator John Hoeven said the delay will ensure that Congressional representatives are in the capital if Obama follows through on his veto threat so that “attention is brought to it.”
The House passed the approval bill Wednesday with a 270-152 vote.
Although the bill was approved by both the Senate and the House it did not win a veto proof majority.
Obama has vowed to veto the $8 billion pipeline.
Earlier this month the Environmental Protection Agency urged Obama to consider the effect the Keystone XL pipeline would have on oil sands production before approving the project.
In a report the EPA said the pipeline could encourage Canadian oil sands development and raise greenhouse gas emissions, contradicting previous government studies.
An earlier State Department report concluded that oil sand projects would continue to be developed with or without the pipeline.
The EPA now says that conclusion “was based in large part on projections of the global price of oil.”
A North Dakota court issued a temporary injunction against TransCanada Thursday to halt the company from invoking eminent domain to seize land for the pipeline’s route.
The company agreed to the order and hopes to get an accelerated trial schedule, the AP said.
Calgary-based TransCanada filed paperwork in nine Nebraska counties late last month to invoke eminent domain for land needed to construct, operate and maintain the Keystone XL.
The 830,000 barrel per day pipeline would stretch 1,179-mile from Hardisty, Alberta to Steele City, Nebraska located just north of the Cushing oil hub.