Failure to Approve Keystone XL is Costing Jobs

By December 13, 2011Energy

Welspun Tubular Company which manufactures steel pipes for the oil industry in Little Rock, Arkansas recently announced that it had to layoff 60 employees because of the delay in approval of the Keystone XL pipeline project.

The pipeline, which would put Americans to work immediately, would create 118,000 jobs. Approval of the pipeline now would help Americans keep their jobs in Little Rock.

“We had to make a staffing reduction with some of the temporary employees. Due to the KXL pipeline not being shipped out. We have 500 miles of pipe just sitting in the yard, expected to be shipped out, that some of the employees were working on,” said President Dave Delie.

With the economy struggling to recover and high unemployment we should be racing to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Instead, the Administration has chosen to play partisan politics and halt the pipeline project until 2013. Americans need jobs. We can’t afford to delay this project any longer.

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