Governor Jack Dalrymple today said he is pleased that TransCanada Corporation is moving forward to build a portion of the Keystone XL Pipeline and he added that President Obama should quickly approve a permit to complete the cross-border project.
TransCanada has announced that it will begin building a portion of the pipeline from Cushing, Okla., to refineries in Texas. The Gulf Coast project will transport growing supplies of U.S. crude oil to Texas refineries and will serve to reduce price discounts on North Dakota crude oil.
TransCanada officials also have announced that they will again seek a presidential permit to build the remainder of the cross-border pipeline, which would carry crude oil from Alberta, Canada and connect to the Gulf Coast project in Cushing, Okla. The pipeline will also transfer as much as 100,000 barrels of North Dakota crude per day.
"The President should do what is right for the nation and approve the cross-border project," Dalrymple said. "The Keystone Pipeline would improve our nation's energy security, it would move North Dakota crude to market and it would create thousands of jobs. I urge the President to reverse his position and allow the entire project to move forward without further delay."