Washington, D.C. – Rep. Kristi Noem announced today that she joined a bipartisan group of over 145 House members in signing a letter to President Obama encouraging immediate approval for the Keystone XL pipeline. This letter was sent following Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman’s approval of the pipeline route.

“An estimated 313 miles of pipeline would run through western South Dakota, creating jobs along the way,” said Rep. Noem. “If we want to be serious about our nation’s energy security, it’s imperative that this project be approved immediately so we can get boots on the ground and people back to work.”

The letter states: “It has been 4 and a half years since the initial application was made to the State Department. Congress was told that the reason for the denial of the original application was not based on the merits of the project, but rather on insufficient time to assess the application with a revised route through Nebraska.”

It continues: “We respectfully request that your administration act expeditiously and approve the project as soon as possible. This is in our national interest given the clear and positive linkage to job creation, the economy and domestic energy security. It is time to act in our nation’s best interest and approve the Keystone XL pipeline.”

The letter was circulated by Congressman Lee Terry (R-NE).

 

Full text of the letter is below: 

President Barack Obama

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20500

 

Dear Mr. President:

On January 22, 2013, Governor Dave Heineman transmitted a letter to you in support of the re-route through the state of Nebraska for the Keystone XL pipeline project.  This letter will be included in the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the application pending before the State Department.

It has been 4 and a half years since the initial application was made to the State Department.  The Final Environmental Impact Statement on the original application was dated August 26, 2011.  Congress was told that the reason for the denial of the original application was not based on the merits of the project, but rather on insufficient time to assess the application with a revised route through Nebraska.

All studies show that this project will have minimal environmental impact and a substantial economic benefit to our country.  In light of the recent events in North Africa, we need to be investing in energy infrastructure to control our own resources.  We need to be able to move resources, not only from Canada, but from the many domestic shale plays that have recently come on line.  We need to make our country energy independent.

We respectfully request that your administration act expeditiously and approve the project as soon as possible.  You have the information from the State of Nebraska.  No other portion of the pipeline has changed.  This is in our national interest given the clear and positive linkage to job creation, the economy and domestic energy security.  

It is time to act in our nation’s best interest and approve the Keystone XL pipeline.  

Click here to view a complete list of signers.

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