Statement of Rep. Lou Barletta on T&I Committee Passage of Keystone XL Pipeline

May 16, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today issued the following statement regarding Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approval of the Northern Route Approval Act, which would clear the way for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.  Rep. Barletta is a member of the Committee.

“This debate has gone on for more than four years now, and the Administration has used all of its powers to stall and delay.  The fact is that this is one of the most studied pipeline projects in history, and an environmental review completed nearly two years ago determined that the environmental impact would be minimal.

“The benefits of the construction would be many.  According to the State Department, the construction of the pipeline will create more than 42,000 American jobs and result in nearly a million barrels of oil per day to U.S. refineries.  TransCanada estimates that it will spend $7 billion in the U.S. to build the pipeline.  $585 million in state and local taxes will be paid along the construction route.

“This should be part of an ‘all of the above’ energy policy and it would prevent nations like China from stepping in to gain access to Canada’s oil rather than the United States.  It would be better for the U.S. to trade with Canada than to continue to send $1 billion a day for oil to countries that hate us.  After all, these nations will hate us for free.

“In Pennsylvania, we are sitting on vast amounts of natural resources that would make our state a leader in the world – not just in the United States.  That fact, coupled with the president’s refusal to act on Keystone, is further evidence of this Administration’s failed energy policy.  Let’s remember that this is the same president, who as a candidate promised to bankrupt the coal industry, an industry of such vital importance to the Commonwealth.

“As a co-sponsor of this bill, I am pleased that it has moved along in the process and look forward to its final passage in the House.  I urge my colleagues in the Senate to take similar action.”