In March, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments over whether or not to uphold a decision to allow construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
The case will ultimately decide whether or just how much oil can be shipped across the continent from Alberta, Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast.
But the legal battle has taken on new urgency as the oil price has risen sharply.
That has led some to question whether the Keystone Pipeline should be built.
But not everyone is against the project, and one prominent coal miner says he’s against the pipeline even if it will allow him to pay less in taxes.
In an interview with Fox News on Wednesday, former New Mexico Gov.
Bill Richardson said the pipeline would not be good for the United States because it would open up more land for development.
Richardson said he would not vote for the Keystone, but that he was opposed to the project if it was approved.
“I think that’s a great opportunity for us to have the Keystone pipeline built,” Richardson said.
“It would be good.
I don’t think it would be a good thing.
But I am against it.”
The president of the National Mining Association, Brian LePage, told Fox News that while he supports Keystone XL, he thinks it should be a “low priority” for the U,S.
to be able to send crude oil to Canada.
“We’re trying to figure out what the pipeline will be.
If it’s going to be a crude oil, then we have to make sure it’s a low priority,” LePage said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.