US Sens. Mary L. Landrieu (D-La.) and John Hoeven (R-ND) submitted a joint resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline and the federal approvals required for its construction are in the US national interest.
“We have studied this project for long enough,” said Landrieu. “We know its tremendous economic benefits and the critical role it will have for our nation’s energy security. With Nebraska now on board, every state involved has realized this project is a job creator with minimal effects on the environment.”
Hoeven said, “We are introducing this measure in addition to bipartisan legislation I authored with Sen. Landrieu that would approve the project congressionally. The administration has been reviewing the Keystone XL pipeline project for 5 years, and now we need to push on all fronts to get it approved as soon as possible for the good of the nation.”
The resolution said it is the sense of Congress that the project would promote sound investment in US infrastructure, promote North American energy security, and generate private sector jobs along the pipeline’s route and across the US—all of which are in the US national interest.
TransCanada Corp., the project’s sponsor, welcomes the resolution, a spokesman said. “Over the past 1,750 days, Keystone XL has already gone through four federal environmental reviews, four strong votes of support from the US House of Representatives and three votes of support from the US Senate,” he noted.
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