Today, Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO) voted in the House Natural Resources Committee to advance H.R. 3, to build the Keystone XL pipeline. Stressing the importance of new jobs and affordable energy for our nation's economic recovery, Tipton urged his colleagues on the Committee to support The Northern Route Approval Act. The bill would remove the requirement for a presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, and approve the construction, operation and maintenance of the pipeline.
"We have the opportunity to put thousands of people to work in this country with good paying jobs. The Keystone pipeline will help provide American energy certainty in a responsible way, decrease dependence on OPEC oil, and create new jobs on American soil," said Tipton. "The President has made excuse after excuse to not move forward with this responsible project, despite numerous studies and environmental assessments that have deemed it environmentally safe. We cannot afford more excuses; it's time to act."
Environmental impact statements, studies and assessments have concluded that the Keystone pipeline would not cause harm to the health and safety of the land, air, water or people with which it may come in contact with. The company building the pipeline has even offered to address one of the biggest environmental concerns by rerouting the pipeline around the Ogallala aquifer in the Nebraska Sandhills, voluntarily incurring millions in additional costs.
"At a time when we should be focusing on economic growth and energy security, moving forward with this project is simply commonsense. We have a rare opportunity to create thousands of jobs immediately, and do so in a responsible way. Let's take it," Tipton said.