WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Representative Steve Daines today made the following statement after the release of the State Department's final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone XL pipeline:
"Today, the U.S. State Department issued its final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Keystone XL pipeline, which once again confirmed what the people of Montana have known for more than five years: the Keystone XL pipeline will have no significant impacts on the environment, but it will create hundreds of good Montana jobs and help keep energy prices low for hard-working Montana families. Report after report has stated that the Keystone XL pipeline will not have significant environmental impacts, yet President Obama refuses to act. No more excuses, no more delays--it's time to build the Keystone XL pipeline."
Daines has been a vocal proponent of the Keystone XL pipeline and has been spearheading efforts in the House to approve the pipeline's construction. In late January, Daines led a group of 150 House members in calling on President Barack Obama to approve the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in light of Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman's approval of a new route through the state of Nebraska.
Daines also helped introduce the "Northern Route Approval Act," a bill that would allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, bypassing the need for President Obama's approval.