Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement after House passage of the Protecting Investment in Oil Shale the Next Generation of Environmental, Energy, and Resource Security (PIONEERS) Act (H.R. 3408):
"After President Obama decided to kill construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, I asked Arkansans if they thought Congress should fight to have it built anyway. The overwhelming majority said they support this pro-jobs project that will strengthen our national security by making us less dependent on Middle Eastern oil. That's why I am proud to support the PIONEERS Act, which would expand responsible domestic energy production and move the Keystone XL pipeline project forward. The Senate needs to pass it now."
H.R. 3408 would direct the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to issue a permit for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline within 30 days of enactment. It also would provide regulatory certainty to job creators involved in offshore oil and natural gas development by requiring the Administration to approve exploration permits, and open up a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska to responsible energy development.