Senator Pryor signs bill to approve oil pipeline

Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor has signed bi-partisan legislation that would give Congress the authority to approve the long-delayed, Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to refineries in Oklahoma and the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Experts estimate the addition of the pipeline could add another half-a-million barrels of oil a day to U.S. reserves, and possibly reduce, if not eliminate the country's need to import oil from the Middle East.

The pipeline is opposed by some environmentalists, but in signing the legislation Senator Pryor pointed out that a five year study by the State Department indicated "no significant impact to the environment".

Pryor said, "Our bill gives Congress the authority it needs to move forward with this vital project and create jobs here at home".