ICYMI: State Dept. dragging its feet on Keystone XL docs, does it matter?

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The chairman of the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Jason Chaffetz, wants the State Department to release statements from other federal agencies regarding whether or not they believe the Keystone XL pipeline project is in the national interest.

It would be really interesting to see what those agencies have to say. But even if that doesn't happen, we already know where the State Department itself stands.  

Way back in January of 2014, the U.S. Department of State issued their Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone XL pipeline. In it, they clearly stated that they believed the pipeline would have minimal impact on the environment, while supporting 42,000 jobs for American workers during the construction phase.

That sounds like an ample endorsement to most people. Yet here we are, six years down the road, still waiting on the Obama Administration to give Keystone XL the go-ahead.

Here’s what the House Energy and Commerce Committee thinks about the Keystone XL pipeline. Drop Sec. of State John Kerrey an email and ask him if their opinion gives him reason enough to say yes to this important addition to American energy infrastructure.

 

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Delay on Keystone XL Pipeline is Hurting Canada

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Categorized in: Keystone XL Pipeline, Minnesota

The benefits of the Keystone XL Pipeline to the U.S. are clear. Building the pipeline would create jobs here at home and would provide us with reliable energy infrastructure. What we may forget is that this pipeline would also help our neighbor to the north. President Obama’s delay on the Keystone XL Pipeline not only hurts America, it also hurts Canada.

In the Grand Rapids Herald Review, Lt. Col. Dennis Freytes of Vets4Energy explains why it’s a bad idea to penalize Canada because of American indecision on the pipeline: 

… by refusing to build Keystone and lifting Iran’s oil sanctions, the United States is harming our most important ally.

Canada is selling more of its oil to India, Japan, and China — partly because the United States has been unreliable with projects like Keystone. Yet the world could soon be awash in Iranian oil thanks to the recent U.S.-led nuclear deal — and that would weaken Canada’s market share.

It’s no wonder that Canada is upset. Keystone XL is “something that all of our political candidates are talking about,” said Canadian energy analyst Erin Flanagan. Feelings in Ottawa toward Washington as the Canadian elections approach have been cooling.

The Keystone XL Pipeline does not just involve the U.S. and our needs. There are also wider geopolitical considerations. President Obama should stop delaying and approve this vital energy project.


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State Dept. dragging its feet on Keystone XL docs, does it matter?


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The chairman of the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Jason Chaffetz, wants the State Department to release statements from other federal agencies regarding whether or not they believe the Keystone XL pipeline project is in the national interest.

It would be really interesting to see what those agencies have to say. But even if that doesn’t happen, we already know where the State Department itself stands.

Way back in January of 2014, the U.S. Department of State issued their Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone XL pipeline. In it, they clearly stated that they believed the pipeline would have minimal impact on the environment, while supporting 42,000 jobs for American workers during the construction phase.

That sounds like an ample endorsement to most people. Yet here we are, six years down the road, still waiting on the Obama Administration to give Keystone XL the go-ahead.

Here’s what the House Energy and Commerce Committee thinks about the Keystone XL pipeline. Drop Sec. of State John Kerrey an email and ask him if their opinion gives him reason enough to say yes to this important addition to American energy infrastructure.

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EPA chief McCarthy is right on Keystone XL, but doesn't go far enough

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Categorized in: Keystone XL Pipeline, National, Oil Sands

You might have seen recent news reports of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s statement that the Keystone XL pipeline would not – as critics have long avowed – be a “disaster for the climate.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce agreed with her comments, but didn’t think she went as far as she could have on that line of thought. They pointed out the evidence that shows that Keystone XL, in addition to having no significant impact on the environment, is the best alternative to transporting North American crude oil.

Their argument makes sense. As Chamber research shows, pipelines are one of the safest and cleanest ways to transport oil and natural gas.

Energy Citizens appreciates Administrator McCarthy’s statement about Keystone XL. And, like the Chamber, we hope that President Obama will listen to her, take a hard look at the facts, and give this pipeline the approval it deserves.

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A Good Vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline

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Categorized in: Keystone XL Pipeline, Minnesota, Oil Sands

When Congress considered legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, Rep. Rick Nolan joined with a bipartisan majority to support this much-needed project. In the pages of the Park Rapids Enterprise, David Collins expresses his appreciation for this vote:

I should add that the Keystone project itself would support some 40,000 good jobs throughout the central United States – and operate under strict EPA rules and regulations. I commend Congressman Nolan for his sensible position on pipelines in general, and on Keystone in particular. And I would hope that this position and support would extend to the proposed Sandpiper and Line 3 replacement projects. Both of Minnesota’s U.S. Senators would do well to follow his lead and support an override of the President’s Keystone veto.

President Obama’s veto of this legislation is a loss for America, but it doesn’t mean the Keystone XL pipeline is dead. Our nation would benefit from the steady supply of oil it would bring from our most reliable ally, Canada. That’s why Energy Citizens are committed to continuing the fight until the pipeline is approved.

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Colorado is Home to 45,000 Miles of Pipeline

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Categorized in: Colorado, Keystone XL Pipeline, Oil Sands

In recent years, we’ve heard a lot about the Keystone XL pipeline proposal. This important infrastructure project will cover nearly 1,200 miles and connect to existing pipelines to carry Canadian oil—and some American-made oil—as far as Texas.

Though it’s a big project, Keystone XL represents less than 1% of our nation’s 150,000 miles of oil pipelines. In addition to oil pipelines, the U.S. has 2.5 million miles of natural gas pipelines. This infrastructure is critical to our economy and way of life—across the nation and throughout Colorado.

In fact, Colorado has about 45,000 miles of pipelines all across the state. Every day, they safely transport natural gas, crude oil, and other types of fuel to homes and businesses. Many of us can easily heat our homes and cook our meals because of pipelines.

Pipelines are among the safest ways to transport fuel, and pipeline operations are tightly regulated by both the Office of Pipeline Safety within the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Gas Pipeline Safety Section of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.

The greatest hazard related to pipelines comes not from their operation, but from improper and unauthorized digging that damages pipelines. Fortunately, markers, maps, and a dedicated call centers (just dial 811) help excavators and others locate pipelines and prevent damage.

Pipeline operators maintain safe systems by following exacting procedures and employing a range of advanced technologies. Pipelines are built to strict codes, using construction procedures established by federal regulations. Training, construction materials, and inspection all help prevent corrosion, mechanical failure, and human error.

In the coming years, Colorado will need to continue expanding its pipeline infrastructure. New homes for our growing population will require natural gas lines. In addition, a more robust pipeline infrastructure will help our energy sector continue to expand, creating jobs and benefiting local economies.

Safe pipelines will continue to be a cornerstone of American energy. Yes, our nation needs the Keystone XL pipeline. But we need to maintain and expand our pipeline infrastructure here in Colorado as well.

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A Good Vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline

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Categorized in: Keystone XL Pipeline, Minnesota, Oil Sands

When Congress considered legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, Rep. Rick Nolan joined with a bipartisan majority to support this much-needed project. In the pages of the Park Rapids Enterprise, David Collins expresses his appreciation for this vote:

I should add that the Keystone project itself would support some 40,000 good jobs throughout the central United States – and operate under strict EPA rules and regulations. I commend Congressman Nolan for his sensible position on pipelines in general, and on Keystone in particular. And I would hope that this position and support would extend to the proposed Sandpiper and Line 3 replacement projects. Both of Minnesota’s U.S. Senators would do well to follow his lead and support an override of the President’s Keystone veto.

President Obama’s veto of this legislation is a loss for America, but it doesn’t mean the Keystone XL pipeline is dead. Our nation would benefit from the steady supply of oil it would bring from our most reliable ally, Canada. That’s why Energy Citizens are committed to continuing the fight until the pipeline is approved.

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ICYMI: Illinois House members stand up for Keystone XL

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Categorized in: Illinois, Keystone XL Pipeline, Oil Sands

When the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill in favor of approving the Keystone XL pipeline early this year, two Illinois Democrats stood with their Republican colleagues to form the winning vote. The “yes” ballots of Dan Lipinski of Western Springs and Cheri Bustos of East Moline contributed to the 266-153 majority vote.

Keystone XL, now six years into the approval process and still waiting, has been acknowledged by everyone – including the Obama Administration’s own U.S. State Department – to be a job creator and energy provider.

Here is what Rep. Lipinski said in a press release put out after the vote:

“I support the Keystone XL pipeline as a step toward reducing our dependence on oil imported from unstable and unfriendly countries. The safety of our nation’s residents has been and always will be my top concern, and my record shows that I will not compromise or take shortcuts around that approach.”

It has indeed been amply proven that Keystone XL does not represent a threat to public safety or to the environment. It would in fact enhance both safety and environmental protections by transporting the fuel American families and businesses need through a pipeline, the cleanest and most reliable method available.

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ICYMI: Keystone XL Pipeline Gets Bipartisan Support

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Categorized in: Keystone XL Pipeline, Minnesota, Oil Sands, States

Unlike many political issues these days, Keystone XL drew bipartisan support in Congress. As MPR reports, Keystone—an energy infrastructure project of vital national importance—enjoyed support from across the political spectrum, and both sides of Minnesota’s Congressional delegation:

Three of Minnesota’s five Democratic members of the U.S. House split with their party to vote for a Republican bill to jump-start the approval process for the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada.

The three House members were Reps. Rick Nolan, Collin Peterson, and Tim Walz.

Minnesota’s delegation provides just one example of the strong bipartisan support for Keystone throughout the fifty states. Polls consistently show that, regardless of political party, Americans want to see the Keystone XL pipeline built. President Obama should reconsider his opposition to this pipeline and join the many Democrats and Republicans in Washington who have worked together to see it become a reality.

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Illinois has a direct interest in the Keystone XL pipeline

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Categorized in: Crude Oil Exports, Illinois, Keystone XL Pipeline

David from the Illinois state director of Americans for Prosperity was the author of a guest editorial in the Southern Illinoisan earlier this month. He wrote about the Keystone XL pipeline, how parts of the total pipeline system are already in place in Illinois, and how Keystone XL would benefit our state even more.

Here’s some of what he had to say:

Here in Southern Illinois, the pipeline already has touch points in Wood River and Patoka. If the full Keystone Pipeline XL were brought online, there would undoubtedly be job growth potential in both Wood River and Patoka.

The Canadian Energy Research Institute estimates that development of new oil sands in Canada would create the equivalent of 444,000 job-years for construction workers and will generate about $521 billion in tax revenue during the next 20 years. Southern Illinois could be a direct beneficiary of the development of Canada’s oil sands.

The Illinois segment of Keystone XL would, of course, be just one small part of the entire project. The U.S. State Department has estimated the pipeline would support 42,000 American jobs and drive a $3.4 billion growth in U.S. GDP.

Mr. From ends his editorial by urging readers to contact President Obama and ask for his approval of Keystone XL. Energy Citizens thinks that is an excellent suggestion. Veto or not, President Obama can still approve this pipeline.

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