Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Actby Representative Jeff Denham
Posted on 2015-02-11
DENHAM. Madam Speaker, I rise in support of S. 1, the Keystone XL
Pipeline Approval Act, which passed bipartisan not only in the House
with 266 votes, but also bipartisan in the Senate with 62 votes. As
Chairman Shuster noted, this is a jobs bill that will create jobs,
enhance our energy independence, and strengthen our national economy.
This pipeline will transport over 800,000 barrels of oil per day. That is according to the Department of Energy. It will also help create good paying jobs, over 40,000 jobs, according to the State Department.
We held a hearing in our subcommittee last week regarding the need for more transportation infrastructure for energy projects. One witness testified we will need 12,000 to 15,000 miles of new pipeline over the next 5 to 10 years. Keystone XL is just one of those new projects.
This is the most studied pipeline in our history. This is no reason to continue to stall this project. This is a safe project. America has 2.6 million miles of pipeline, providing an extremely safe way to transport energy products. The Keystone pipeline will be built the safest pipeline ever with 95 special mitigation measures, including nearly 60 recommended by the Department of Transportation, the most extensively studied and vetted pipeline project in the history of our country.
Finally, as amended in the Senate, this bill will make important strides towards greater energy efficiency. In conclusion, the Keystone XL has been under review for over 6 years and debated and voted on in the House and Senate numerous times. We need these jobs. We need this energy. We need it now.