- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Environmental activists opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline are holding a series of rallies across Maine.

Rallies were scheduled Tuesday in Portland, Auburn, Brunswick, Bangor, Waterville and Wiscasset-Edgecomb as the Republican-controlled Senate planned to move ahead on a pipeline bill despite President Barack Obama’s veto threat.

The House approved the bill last Friday.

Senate Republicans back the measure, arguing that it will create thousands of jobs. Environmental activists including Sierra Maine, Environment Maine and the Natural Resources Council of Maine say the pipeline is unnecessary, unsafe and bad for the environment.

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