Hoeven urges Obama to approve Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON – Sen. John Hoeven is calling on President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline without further delay now that Nebraska has approved an alternative route through the state.

 

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman on Tuesday notified the Obama administration that he has approved the pipeline, saying its new route will avoid the environmentally sensitive Sand Hills region, according to a press release from Hoeven’s office.

 

In November, Hoeven, R-N.D., and Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., organized a letter signed by 18 senators, nine Republicans and nine Democrats, calling on Obama to approve the project once Nebraska’s concerns were addressed. Hoeven said he is now gathering signatures for a second bipartisan letter urging Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline without further delay.

 

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., is among those who have signed. Hoeven also is preparing to reintroduce legislation enabling Congress to approve the pipeline if the president doesn’t.

 

“The president has long-cited Nebraska’s concerns as a reason not to approve the project, but now that those concerns have been addressed, there is no reason to further delay a project that will create thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity for the United States,” Hoeven said in a statement.

 

The pipeline would not run through North Dakota, but would transport crude oil pumped from the Bakken. The route runs from Canada through Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska to Cushing, Okla., where it would connect to the southern portion of the pipeline.

 

“In North Dakota, we know that the Keystone XL Pipeline means American jobs, increased energy security, and the certainty that comes from dealing with our neighbors to the north,” Heitkamp said in a statement.

2 thoughts on “Hoeven urges Obama to approve Keystone XL pipeline

  1. The Keystone Pipeline is at the extreme opposite direction from which energy production should be taking. It uses the dirtiest form of oil, taken at the expense of vast expanses of Canadian rain forest (which we need to clean CO2 from our air). It requires huge amounts of water and energy to produce and refine. Support for this project translates into corporate profits. Jobs and ‘energy security’ are only pacifying by-words. When global warming is finally being recognized as a serious world-wide threat; producing, refining, and using tar-sand oil should be brought to a complete halt.

  2. Why do these politicians keep lying to us about the Keystone Pipeline “increasing energy independence”? The oil is owned by the oil companies. The oil companies are publicly traded meaning that their number one responsibility as a company is to maximize shareholder profit. To do this the oil and/or its byproducts will go to the highest bidder. Unless the oil companies can be required to guarantee that every drop of oil that flows through that pipeline stays in the USA, we are taking a highly unnecessary risk to our environment with no return other than a few temporary jobs.

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