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Public Statements

Northern Route Approval Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. DAINES. Mr. Chairman, it took Canada just 7 months to approve the Keystone XL pipeline; meanwhile, Americans have been waiting 4 1/2 years for President Obama to act.

Montanans understand how important this project is for our economy and for our energy future.

In eastern Montana, we've seen the tremendous potential for jobs and economic growth that comes with oil production in the Bakken field. In fact, this pipeline will transport up to 100,000 barrels per day of Bakken oil--that is Montana and North Dakota oil--through a connecting on-ramp in Baker, Montana. And in Glasgow, Montana, the NorVal Electric Co-op is slated to supply electricity to one of the Keystone XL pump stations.

Let me tell you what this means to middle class, hardworking Americans. If this pipeline is built, this rural electric co-op will be able to spread their cost burdens with the pipeline and, consequently, hold rates steady for their 3,000 customers. But if the pipeline is not approved, NorVal customers will see upwards of a 40 percent increase in their utility rates over the next 10 years.

Mr. Chairman, if the President isn't willing to listen to the voice of the people, the House will. It's time to build the Keystone XL pipeline.


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