The documents, about 80 pages obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, show the investigation was opened in early 2013 after a meeting of the FBI and TransCanada. It was closed in June 2014 after the bureau failed to identify extremist activity amongst anti-Keystone demonstrators, the Guardian reports.
The Senate bill was co-sponsored by Democrat Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Republican Rob Portman of Ohio. A similar bill was defeated last year after it became enmeshed in a partisan fight over the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
The fight over the $8 billion project is far from over, with Republicans vowing to try again to force construction and a White House spokesman stressing that Obama’s veto does not foreclose an eventual permit for TransCanada’s proposed border-crossing pipeline.
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