Today, Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10) managed debate on consideration of H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act, legislation he cosponsored to approve the Northern Route of the Keystone XL Pipeline.



“After 4 long years, multiple studies, and well over 15,000 pages of environmental analysis, the administration claims that the Keystone XL Pipeline still cannot be approved. We all hear the echo of the president chiding Congress with his slogan, ‘We can’t wait.’ I would like to ask: ‘If not now, when?’ This bill answers that question, and the answer is, ‘Today.’

“By preventing this project from moving forward, [President Obama] said ‘No’ to 42,100 construction and manufacturing jobs…’No’ to cheaper prices for goods and services…‘No’ to reduced dependence on foreign oil…benefits that this generation could pass on to the generations to come,”
said Representative Webster.

Background:

The Keystone XL Pipeline will allow 830,000 barrels of oil to flow each day to domestic refineries that employ hardworking Americans. 830,000 barrels represents half of our current, daily crude oil imports from the Middle East. Approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline will not only diversify our energy sources, but it will reduce our dependence on foreign oil from countries that do not share our respect for freedom and democracy. Further, the project would create 42,100 construction and manufacturing jobs and deliver affordable energy to the marketplace, which, in turn, will decrease manufacturing and shipping costs leading to lower prices on goods and services from gas to groceries.

Over the past four years, the U.S. State Department has issued four environmental impact statements on the Keystone XL pipeline at a total length of 15,500 pages. These studies prove that the project will not result in significant environmental impact, and mitigation efforts will be undertaken to reduce any environmental impact.

Additionally, the project includes 57 project-specific special conditions to ensure the maximum level of pipeline safety.

Due to these conditions, the U.S. State Department’s Environmental Impact Statement found that the pipeline will have “a degree of safety over any other typically constructed domestic oil pipeline system.”