Labor Official Testified Wednesday, “This Project is Not Just a Pipeline; It is In Fact, a Life Line” - Construction of the Pipeline Would Put Thousands of Americans Back to Work
After four years of waiting for Keystone’s jobs and energy supplies, union workers are rallying in support of the project which will create thousands of jobs and bring greater energy security to America.
It’s been more than four years since Keystone’s application was first filed with the U.S. State Department, and workers are becoming increasingly frustrated as the administration continues to delay construction of this important jobs project. This week, local Oklahoma union leaders joined together to urge approval of the pipeline at a rally in Tulsa.
The Tulsa World this week reported, “A rally Tuesday at the Pipeliners Local 798 training center in Tulsa drew several hundred welders, fitters and others…Speakers called the pipeline an economic engine because of the thousands of workers needed to build it and a national security necessity because it allows the U.S. to import Canadian rather than OPEC oil.”
To watch a video of the rally from the Tulsa World, click here.
Union backers also voiced their support for the project on Capitol Hill this week. Testifying on behalf of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, David Mallino appeared before the Subcommittee on Energy and Power Wednesday at a hearing on H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act, legislation authored by Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) that will allow construction of the pipeline to finally commence. Mallino told the panel, “For many members of the Laborers, this project is not just a pipeline; it is in fact, a life line. The construction sector has been particularly hit hard by the economic recession. The unemployment rate in the construction industry reached over 27% in 2010, and joblessness in construction remains far higher than any industry or sector, with over 1 million construction workers currently unemployed in the United States. Too many hard-working Americans are out of work, and the Keystone XL Pipeline will change that dire situation for thousands of them.”
Keystone XL remains an opportunity to put thousands of Americans back to work and create a more secure energy future. Congress is moving forward with a solution to approve this project so workers can stop waiting and start building. It’s #TimeToBuild the Keystone XL pipeline.