WASHINGTON, D.C. (5/23/13) – U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY-01), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, today announced the passage of H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act. This legislation permits the building of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would transport crude oil from the northern United States and Canada down to the oil refineries in Texas.
“We have the opportunity to be independent for our energy needs in America,” stated Whitfield. “The American people support this pipeline because it will produce jobs, it will help control gasoline prices and it won't be exported. Not one dime of federal or taxpayer dollars will be in this pipeline, which is an $8 billion project that would create 20,000 jobs.”
Both the Kentucky House of Representatives and Kentucky State Senate sent formal legislative resolutions to Whitfield expressing their support for the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
H.R. 3 approves construction of the Keystone XL pipeline by removing the requirement for a Presidential Permit, granting the additional Federal permits required for the project, and limiting the legal challenges that can be brought regarding the pipeline’s construction. Whitfield notes that the only reason the pipeline has not been built is because it requires approval by the Obama Administration because the pipeline would cross an international border.
It has been over 1,700 days since TransCanada first submitted its application on September 19, 2008, to the U.S. State Department to construct the Keystone XL pipeline and nearly four months since Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman approved the proposed reroute of the pipeline through the Cornhusker state.
Despite the State Department confirming the pipeline’s safety in its Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on March 1, 2013, the delays continue. Newspaper editorial boards representing communities across the country have voiced support for the pipeline and are urging the president to finally approve this vital jobs and energy security project.
The Northern Route Approval Act was modeled after legislation that was necessary to achieve construction of the Trans Alaskan Pipeline forty years ago. H.R. 3 will finally put an end to the delays and allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to commence.
Information provided by Chris Pack
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