WASHINGTON, D. C. — In an effort to increase energy production, energy independence and create new jobs, Rep. Chris Stewart voted in favor of the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline which passed Congress Wednesday. Having been approved by both chambers of Congress, this legislation now moves to the President’s desk to be signed into law.
“The Administration’s own figures indicate that the Keystone Pipeline would provide us with 800,000 barrels of oil per day—increasing energy production and creating over 40,000 new jobs,” Stewart said.
It’s been over six years since the initial application was submitted for the approval of this pipeline, which would bring crude oil from Alberta, Canada to gulf coast.
“There is no logical reason that we should keep delaying the construction of this pipeline,” Stewart said. “Numerous environmental studies have been conducted by the President’s own State Department, and all have concluded that this project is safe and will have no significant environmental impacts.”
Stewart played a role in the project’s review process as the former Chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Environment, and has consistently urged for its approval. While the President has already threatened to veto this legislation, Stewart will continue to fight for its passage.
“Now is the time for the President to honor the will of the people by signing this bill into law,” Stewart said.
Submitted by the Offices of Chris Stewart
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