Yesterday the House Committee on Small Business’s Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade held a hearing on the Keystone XL and Small Business. This hearing is that most recent in a number of hearings held by the House to talk about the importance of the Keystone XL pipeline project.
There were four witnesses, one of which was Mr. Peter Bowe, an NAM member, the President and CEO of Ellicott Dredge Enterprises, LCC. Ellicott Dredge makes dredging equipment that is used in the processing and the reclamation of tailing ponds at the mining site. President Obama is visiting the Ellicott Dredge facility in Maryland today to discuss infrastructure.
The other witnesses included Mr. Brent Booker, Secretary Treasurer, Building and Construction Trades Department, Department, AFL-CIO, ; Mr. Mat Brainerd, President, Brainerd Chemical Company, Tulsa, OK; and Mr. Christopher Knittel from the Center of Energy and Environmental Policy Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Peter’s business is a small business with about 200 employees in four locations, Maryland, Wisconsin and Europe. For Peter and the Ellicott Dredge organization, the Keystone XL is critical because it will move oil more quickly and result in additional demand. As oil demand increases so does the demand for his products and will result in $10s of millions of dollars being spend within his supply chain. These are small and large companies located throughout the United States. The ripple effect of spending within his supply chain is substantial and impacts a number of smaller communities throughout the country. (continue reading…)