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  • Executive Session

    by Senator Joe Manchin, III

    Posted on 2013-02-14

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    MANCHIN. Madam President, if I may, I wish to thank all my colleagues. This is something wonderful for the people who are watching and the people watching who are here, to see a bipartisan colloquy; that we all agree, basically, about energy being the crux of what we do and how this country is made up and how we got to where we are today.

    My little State of West Virginia now has a tremendous shale gas find in the Marcellus Shale, with the Utica Shale in Ohio, the shale being explored and produced all over our country. We truly have an opportunity in our lifetime to become totally energy independent.

    The only thing I am saying is, where I come from, the people are such good people and they have a lot of common sense. They say: We would rather buy from our friends than our enemies. How much would this displace, as far as us buying from and depending on areas of the world that haven't been friendly to the money we give them for the product of oil they sell us; does the Senator from North Dakota have an idea about that? Mr. HOEVEN. Madam President, I wish to respond to the Senator from West Virginia. Right now, between the oil we produce in the United States, both together with Canada and Mexico, we generate about 70 percent of the oil we consume. This project alone would add 6 percent. We are talking about over 800,000 barrels a day this project adds and brings to market. So we go from about 70 percent just for this project phase 1 to about 76 percent. But understand this pipeline project is expandable to 1.4 million barrels a day, so we can see it would take us up even higher.

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