Hartzler and House approve construction of Keystone Pipeline and an end to the Obama Administration’s stalling of the energy project

May 23, 2013 Issues: Energy

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) and the U.S. House have approved construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline to create jobs while providing the United States with a steady flow of energy from Canada.

“It has been more than four years since backers of the Keystone XL Pipeline first submitted an application to the U.S. State Department to build this project to create jobs and bring greater energy security to the United States,” said Hartzler. “The House voted six times in the last session of Congress to allow the pipeline to be built, but President Obama is still blocking this bipartisan common sense effort as he caters to the whims of environmental extremists – putting their demands ahead of the good of the American people. We are calling on him once again to give up his failed energy policies and to embrace this common sense idea.”

“TransCanada, the builder of the pipeline, plans to spend  $7 billion in the U.S. and create 20,000 jobs,” continued Hartzler. “TransCanada estimates it would move up to 830,000 barrels of oil a day – about half the amount the U.S. imports from the Middle East.”

“An extensive environmental review was completed in August of 2011, demonstrating there would be limited adverse environmental impacts during construction and operation,” added Hartzler. “It is time for President Obama to stop focusing on special interests and to join the House with its “all of the above” energy plan for the good of American workers and our energy security.”

Congresswoman Hartzler, a resident of Cass County, serves on the House Budget, Agriculture, and Armed Services Committees.