Landrieu Discusses Importance of Keystone XL Pipeline with Premier of Alberta
WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., met with Alberta Premier Alison Redford to discuss North American energy security and the importance of the Keystone XL pipeline. Sen. Landrieu has been leading the effort along with a bipartisan coalition of Senators to push the administration to approve this project.
"I'm so honored to have the Premier here in my office to talk about an issue of critical importance for our neighborhood: Canada, the United States and Mexico. This is a neighborhood we should care for, value and secure, and the Keystone pipeline is an important part of our energy security. A pipeline that is mindful of our environment, that is sensitive to the needs of clean air and clean water, and a pipeline that can give us the jobs and economic opportunity we need," Sen. Landrieu said. "The keystone pipeline should have been approved years ago and it needs to be approved as soon as possible. I'm going to do everything I can working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get the pipeline built, use the great refining capacity of Louisiana and Texas, and harness the capacity for investment in clean environmental technology to help produce the energy that our neighborhood needs."
Sen. Landrieu has consistently pushed the Obama administration to approve the project. In August, Sen. Landrieu, along with Sens. John Hoeven, R-S.D., Max Baucus, D-Mont., and John Thune, R-S.D., called on President Obama to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline to prevent any further delay that would extend the review process into an unprecedented sixth year.
During a private meeting with the Democratic Caucus in July, Sen. Landrieu urged President Obama to approve the pipeline and questioned him about his views on it. That same month, she submitted a joint resolution with Sen. Hoeven, expressing the sense of Congress that construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and the federal approvals required for the construction are in the national interest of the United States.
Sen. Landrieu has also participated in a colloquy on the Senate floor on the need to approve the pipeline and joined a group of 53 bipartisan senators in sending a letter to President Obama urging him to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. A longtime proponent of the pipeline, Sen. Landrieu urged then-Sec. of State Hillary Clinton almost two years ago to sign off on the pipeline. Read Sen. Landrieu's letter to Sec. Clinton.