Today Congressman Kevin Cramer discussed the economic value of approving the Keystone XL pipeline at a hearing on the Northern Route Approval Act. The bill, co-sponsored by Congressman Cramer, would eliminate the need for Presidential approval and allow completion of the Keystone XL pipeline on its many merits including the final environmental impact study conducted by the Secretary of State. The pipeline will have the capacity to carry over 830,000 barrels of oil per day, including 100,000 barrels per day from the Williston Basin.
The application to build the Keystone XL pipeline was first submitted by TransCanada on September 19, 2008. The route transports oil from both the oil sands area of Alberta, Canada, and the Bakken formation in North Dakota and Montana, to the Gulf of Mexico. For more than four years, the project has been repeatedly studied by numerous state and federal entities in advance of final approval by the President, which continues to be delayed.
"No energy pipeline in our nation's history has undergone such a thorough examination by government and environmental entities. All impacted states are in agreement on its route, and the federal government has studied potential impacts to the point of exhaustion. The only missing link between thousands of new jobs in the United States, and fewer trucks on North Dakota roads, is the President's signature on this project," Cramer noted.
The hearing was held by the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources. During his tenure on the North Dakota Public Service Commission, Cramer sited the original Keystone pipeline. Over 600 North Dakota landowners ultimately agreed on its path through the state.
Congressman Cramer serves on the Natural Resources and Science, Space and Technology Committees. Within these committees, he serves on the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulations, and the Subcommittee on Energy.