Alexander Cosponsors Legislation to Allow Keystone XL Pipeline to be Built

Removes requirement for presidential approval, allowing construction to begin

Posted on April 29, 2014

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“After five years of delays, there is simply no reason whatsoever for the president not to let the Keystone XL pipeline move forward. This legislation would remove the requirement for presidential approval of the pipeline, advancing a project that would make us more secure in our energy supply and create thousands of jobs for American workers.”

– Lamar Alexander 

WASHINGTON, April 29 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today cosponsored legislation by Sen. John Hoeven (R-S.D.) that would eliminate the need for President Obama’s approval of a permit to begin the construction and operation of the Keystone XL pipeline.

“After five years of delays, there is simply no reason whatsoever for the president not to let the Keystone XL pipeline move forward,” Alexander said. “This legislation would remove the requirement for presidential approval of the pipeline, advancing a project that would make us more secure in our energy supply and create thousands of jobs for American workers.”

Hoeven’s legislation would remove the requirement for presidential approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would allow construction to begin. The legislation also declares that the pipeline has met all requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as well as any other law requiring federal agency consultation or review regarding such cross-border facilities.

Alexander is a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

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