Griffin: Keystone XL Project ‘Will Create Jobs and Bring Us Closer to All-American Energy Independence’
WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement after House passage of the Northern Route Approval Act (H.R. 3):
“The Mayflower oil spill in late March was a nightmare for the residents who were affected, and I will continue to do everything I can to make things right for them and make sure it never happens again. But the fact remains: pipelines are the safest way to transport oil, and for the foreseeable future, we will continue to need oil. The Keystone XL pipeline is a modern, high-tech infrastructure project that will create jobs and bring us closer to All-American energy independence. President Obama should set partisan politics aside and approve this project immediately.”
H.R. 3 would approve the Keystone XL pipeline’s construction by waiving the Presidential permit requirement. The pipeline’s route would follow the revised route evaluated in the Final Evaluation Report issued by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and approved by Nebraska’s governor in January 2013.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, Keystone XL would have the capacity to move up to 830,000 barrels of oil per day. This is equivalent to approximately half of what the United States imports from the Middle East. In January 2011, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration developed 57 project-specific special conditions for design, construction and operation of the Keystone XL pipeline. According to the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, these conditions would give the Keystone XL pipeline “a degree of safety over any other typically constructed domestic oil pipeline.” It is estimated that the Keystone XL pipeline will create 20,000 direct jobs from the pipeline’s construction.
H.R. 3 has broad support from pro-job and labor organizations, including the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Federation of Independent Business, the American Energy Alliance, the AFL-CIO and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, among others.