Today Congressman Kevin Cramer continued to demand approval of the Keystone XL pipeline as he voted with the majority of his colleagues in the House Committee on Natural Resources to pass the Northern Route Approval Act. The bill, co-sponsored by Cramer, will now be considered by the full House of Representatives. It allows completion of the Keystone XL pipeline on the merits of existing study, and without approval from President Obama. 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. Last week, the bill passed the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Nearly five years have elapsed since the application to build the Keystone XL pipeline was first submitted by TransCanada on September 19, 2008. By contrast, the permit for the first Keystone pipeline was approved in three years despite crossing two more states and stretching 771 additional miles. The U.S. State Department released its latest draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Keystone XL project on March 1, 2013. On Monday, Cramer sent a letter to National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Coordinator Genevieve Walker, requesting the Supplemental EIS be finalized immediately. In the letter, Cramer noted his own experiences in siting the original Keystone pipeline.
"In early fall 2006, I and my colleagues were presented with the TransCanada Keystone pipeline project. A green field pipeline, running through over 200 miles within my state, it involved over 8 counties, multiple aquifers and state forests, and some of the most productive farmland in the world. Even though over 600 landowners were affected by the project, condemnation proceedings were never required. Now in operation since 2010, the pipeline successfully delivers over half a million barrels of crude per day," Cramer said in the letter. "The Keystone XL is the most studied pipeline in modern history. It is time to build. Please finalize the Supplemental EIS so this project can proceed."
Congressman Cramer is a member of the Natural Resources and Science, Space and Technology Committees, including the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, and the Subcommittee on Energy of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee.