Cramer: Statement on Nebraska Approval of Keystone XL Pipeline
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer issued the following statement today after the Nebraska Public Service Commission approved the route for the Keystone XL pipeline:
“More than anything else the Keystone XL Pipeline is an important piece of energy security infrastructure. Unfortunately, it’s become a high profile example of the type of development paralysis the Obama Administration put our country through. This project displaces oil from hostile countries, like Venezuela, with that from a friendly country, like Canada. It helps restore this important relationship that was frayed by the last administration. It’s also important to remember that the completion of the Keystone XL provides additional options for Bakken crude once it comes online. The jobs that are created through the construction and operation, notwithstanding the additional employment created as a result of refining this oil here in the United States, will help continue the momentum of increased prosperity and job creation that’s realized as a result of the Trump Administration. And in addition to the other state regulators along the pipeline route, I’m sure that the Nebraska commissioners took a thorough review of the project in their state and will hold the company accountable.”
Since entering Congress in 2013, Cramer has been a leading advocate for the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. In the 114th Congress, Congressman Cramer introduced H.R. 3, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act, which passed Congress, but was vetoed by President Obama. While serving as a North Dakota Public Service Commissioner, Cramer sited the original Keystone Pipeline through North Dakota.