VIDEO: Rep. Bob Latta Highlights EPA’s Last Ditch Effort to Derail Keystone Jobs and Energy Project
After 1,684 Days and Over 15,500 Pages of State Department Review, It’s #TimeToBuild
In light of the EPA’s most recent attempt to delay the Keystone XL pipeline through a “paralysis by analysis” strategy, Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) appeared yesterday on Fox Business Network’s Lou Dobbs Tonight to discuss the urgent need to move forward on the landmark jobs and energy project. Keystone XL, a $7 billion private-sector infrastructure project, is already one of the most studied pipeline projects in our nation’s history, yet the EPA is trying to further delay the project and its jobs by calling for additional studies. EPA objected to the State Department’s draft statement citing “insufficient information” and asked for additional environmental analysis. This, despite the fact that the Department has issued over 15,500 pages in its NEPA review over the last four-and-a-half years. Rep. Latta discussed the regulatory déjà vu, stating, “They want to study this thing to death.”
Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) authored H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act, which will move Keystone XL beyond the regulatory process and allow construction of the pipeline to begin. The legislation will address all necessary federal permits, including the Presidential Permit, and limit litigation that could cause further delays. The House Energy and Commerce Committee recently advanced H.R. 3 with a bipartisan vote of 30-18, and the House Natural Resources Committee approved the measure last week by a bipartisan vote of 24-17. The legislation is expected to be considered by the full House in the coming weeks.