The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) joined the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) today to send joint comments on the State Department’s Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone XL pipeline. In a letter to State Department NEPA Coordinator Genevieve Walker NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons and CME President and CEO Jayson Myers lay out the economic benefits of the pipeline for North American manufacturers.
Both leaders agree that Keystone XL is a critical part of a true “all of the above” energy strategy. From the letter:
“Our two countries enjoy the largest trade relationship in the world. Approximately forty percent of our cross-border trade is comprised of intra-company shipments. The vast energy resources contained in Canada’s oil sands play a vital strategic role for North American manufacturers and the millions of workers they employ. In our view, the approval and construction of Keystone XL is a critical part of the true “all of the above” energy strategy our national leaders have embraced—one that will fuel present and future generations of jobs and economic growth.”
On March 1 the State Department released the Draft Supplemental EIS which reached the same conclusion as previous assessments stating, “Keystone XL will have no significant impact on the environment.” The project will be constructed with state-of-the-art manufacturing and technology, exceeding what is required under current law.
The construction of Keystone XL will create manufacturing jobs to build the pipe and other equipment as well as jobs for welders, mechanics, electricians, pipefitters, laborers, safety coordinators and heavy equipment operators.
Another lost fact in the debate over Keystone XL is that the pipeline will be used to transport crude from the Bakken formation in North Dakota and Montana to domestic markets. This will further enhance America’s energy security. Keystone XL has been studied for 5 years, the average NEPA review is 3.4 years, and each review has reached the same conclusion. It’s now time for the Administration to complete the inter-agency review and approve the pipeline to keep America strong.
Ross Eisenberg is vice president of energy and resources policy, National Association of Manufacturers.