Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Actby Representative J. French Hill
Posted on 2015-02-11
HILL. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of approving the
Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline is widely supported by Americans and
by a bipartisan majority in this House and in the Senate.
In the more than 6 years since the application to build the pipeline, the President has refused to authorize it, citing two reasons. Number one, environmental challenges. But, Mr. Speaker, the pipeline has undergone numerous environmental assessments, and the U.S. State Department's Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement confirms the minimal impact of the pipeline on the environment.
Number two, legal challenges. But, Mr. Speaker, on January 9, 2015, the Nebraska Supreme Court approved the pathway of the pipeline.
The President has no more excuses to deny the completion of the Keystone XL, and I urge him to rescind his veto threat of this critical energy and infrastructure bill.
Americans want a true all-of-the-above energy policy that boosts our goal of North American energy independence, benefits consumers, creates jobs, protects our environment, and preserves our natural resources.
This bill accomplishes all of those goals. However, Mr. Speaker, the President continues to block this essential energy and infrastructure project and the jobs it would provide to our hardworking American families.
Further, due to the bureaucratic delays of the past 6 years, this project is now costing 50 percent more than its original announcement.
In my district alone, the pipeline has supported over 600 jobs at Welspun Tubular, headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas, where 700 miles of this pipe are stacked up at the rail head ready to put in the ground.
Mr. Speaker, if approved, this project will provide thousands more jobs and over $3.4 billion for our Nation's economy. The President is out of excuses. It is time to approve this project.