Mr. MARINO. Madam Speaker, today I rise in support of the Keystone XL pipeline and urge passage of H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act.
In the 1,700 days that TransCanada has been waiting for approval for Keystone XL, the State Department has issued over 15,000 pages of documents analyzing the project's environmental impact. This administration continues to delay and impede efforts to foster oil and natural gas production under an all-of-the-above energy solution.
Recent advances in technology have put America in the center of a booming
natural gas industry, particularly in my area, the PA 10th District. A NATO Parliamentary Assembly report estimates that our shale will provide gas to supply the United States for the next 90 years at least.
If Americans have access to vast and affordable resources, why are we not utilizing them? The same NATO PA report emphasized that the U.S. could lead the world in oil and natural gas production.
It's time to build. Remove the roadblocks preventing construction of the job-creating, economy-boosting Keystone XL pipeline.