Today, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) voted in favor of the Northern Route Approval Act, which allows Congress to authorize the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, bypassing the need for approval from the White House Administration. The Pipeline would bring crude oil from the Tar Sands of Alberta, Canada to refineries of the gulf coast in the United States. Stewart released the following statement after the passage of the bill:
"It's been nearly 5 years since the initial application for the Keystone XL Pipeline was submitted to the State Department for review. The Northern Route Approval Act specifically removes any current roadblocks and allows us to move forward with the construction of the pipeline. This pipeline would provide us with 800,000 barrels of oil per day--helping us get one step closer to having energy independence. Additionally, its construction is estimated to create 20,000 new direct jobs and over 100,000 indirect jobs. These new jobs will be critical in helping stir the economy and decrease America's unemployment."
"There is no logical reason that we should keep delaying the construction of this pipeline. The Subcommittee on Environment, of which I am Chairman, has spent time reviewing numerous environmental studies, and all have concluded that this project is safe and will have no significant environmental impacts. We've waited long enough to begin its construction--It's now time to build."