Landrieu: No New Reports Needed, Time to Build Keystone XL Pipeline
Environmental Impact Statement says no significant environmental concerns
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today called on the U.S. State Department to declare the Keystone XL Pipeline is in the nation’s best interest and for the President to give final approval to build the long-delayed energy infrastructure project. A new report released today from the State Department concluded that the pipeline will have no significant environmental impact. With the report complete, the fate of the Keystone XL Pipeline now rests with the administration, who must decide whether construction is in the best interest of the nation.
“With 43,000 jobs and a more energy-independent America on the line, this new study underscores what has been said all along about Keystone XL Pipeline: it’s time to build,” said Sen. Landrieu. “This single project will inject billions of dollars into Louisiana and national economies and reduce our dependence on oil from hostile countries. Once again, another study has concluded that the Keystone XL Pipeline will have no significant impact on our environment. If we wait any longer to approve this project, we risk losing it for good. The studies are complete and the country is ready. I urge the Administration to act swiftly and give final approval so we can put people to work in these good-paying jobs right away and our refineries in Louisiana and Texas can keep refining this energy from our friendly ally, Canada.”
Senator Landrieu has been – and was – an early advocate and leader in the U.S. Senate urging the Administration nearly three years ago to approve construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. In July 2013, she and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., introduced a joint resolution expressing the sense of the senate that construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline is in the nation’s best interest. The senators reintroduced the resolution in in September 2013 as an amendment to the Shaheen-Portman energy bill that was under consideration in the Senate.
The resolution states that it is the sense of Congress that:
- Construction of the Keystone XL pipeline will promote sound investment in the infrastructure of the United States;
- Construction of the Keystone XL pipeline will promote energy security in North America and will generate an increase in private sector jobs that will benefit the region surrounding the pipeline and the United States as a whole; and
- Completion of the Keystone XL pipeline is in the national interest of the United States
In November 2013, Sen. Landrieu met with Alberta Premier Alison Redford to discuss North American energy security and the importance of the Keystone XL pipeline. Earlier this month, Sen. Landrieu met with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird about the urgent need to construct the pipeline to further advance North American energy independence.