Congressman Bob Goodlatte released the following statement after voting in support of H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act, which approves construction of the Keystone XL pipeline by removing the requirement for a Presidential Permit, granting the additional Federal permits required for the project, and limiting the legal challenges that can be brought regarding the pipeline's construction.
"The Keystone XL pipeline permit has been under review for nearly 5 years. How much longer will American jobs and energy security have to wait? It's hard to argue that a project like Keystone XL is not in the best interest of our country. Yet, the Administration continues to stall.
"Since the White House has repeatedly failed to approve the Keystone XL permit, the House has decided to once again take action to unlock North American energy sources. The 1,700 mile Keystone XL pipeline would transport oil from Canada and North Dakota to U.S. refineries, helping to reduce our dependence on oil from the Middle East and Venezuela. Construction of the pipeline would create 20,000 jobs with the potential to create more than 100,000 spin-off jobs. It would also generate more than $20 billion in spending for the U.S. economy, and, according to the Department of Energy, the pipeline would be able to move up to 830,000 barrels of oil per day. Most importantly, the American people widely support construction of the pipeline. As the list of reasons why this project should be given the green light continues to grow, it is clear that the construction of Keystone XL must advance. These investments should be made in North America, not overseas."