Corker: Obama Administration “Now Out of Excuses” on Keystone XL Pipeline
Friday, January 31, 2014
WASHINGTON – With the release today of another environmental analysis of the Keystone XL pipeline that did not alter a prior finding of no significant environmental impact from the project, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said the Obama administration is “now out of excuses” for refusing to grant completion of the pipeline, which was first proposed in 2008. The State Department has yet to approve construction of the final section of the pipeline, which, if completed, will have the capacity to transfer more than 800,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast of the U.S.
“The Obama administration is now out of excuses for refusing to grant completion of this project. By any reasonable standard, the Keystone XL pipeline is in the national interest and will enhance U.S. economic and energy security. Not only will the pipeline create jobs, promote economic growth and expand access to North American energy, it will also provide a safer and more environmentally friendly method of transporting oil,” said Corker.