This month, the Keystone XL pipeline was stalled by a federal judge over permitting issues—again—in what has become the nation’s clearest example that we need to reform the way we process permits for infrastructure.
In a 54-page order, Judge Brian Morris of the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana ordered the State Department to revisit several elements of its environmental impact statement for the project. Keystone XL first applied for a permit in July 2008, which means the federal government has been studying the environmental impact of this project for 10 years. Unfortunately, we appear headed for an 11th.
Completion of the Keystone XL pipeline would mean tens of thousands of American jobs and a more secure energy supply, sourced from right here in North America. Manufacturers support Keystone XL and believe it should be approved as quickly as possible. We applauded President Donald Trump’s actions to revive the project in early 2017. Pipelines are an efficient, safe way to transport energy and can be constructed and operated in harmony with the environment around them.
Between 32 and 37 percent of the cost of constructing a pipeline is directly for manufacturing inputs; at least 60 different manufacturing subsectors benefit from the construction of crude oil pipelines, including iron and steel, fabricated metals, cement, machinery and paints and coatings. Keystone XL means jobs for the men and women who make things in America. We continue to support this project and call on governments at all levels to work together to get Keystone XL across the finish line.
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