Consumer Energy Alliance
September 27, 2011
LINCOLN, NE – The State Department will hold a public hearing in Lincoln, Nebraska, today to give the public an opportunity to voice their opinions on the Keystone XL Pipeline project. In advance of the hearing, Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) executive vice president Michael Whatley, who will also deliver public comments in Lincoln supporting Keystone XL, released the following statement:
"The Keystone XL pipeline will create more than 7,500 jobs in Nebraska and over 120,000 jobs across the United States. Even more, this project will generate over $11 million in state and local taxes for Nebraska and create $20 billion in economic growth nationwide. That’s a lot of money that will go to improving our public schools, our roads, and our hospitals.
"The 700,000 barrels of oil per day that this pipeline will bring to Gulf Coast refineries will be coming from places like Oklahoma, Montana, the Dakotas and Canada. It is not subject to violent revolutions like we have seen this year in Egypt and Libya. It is highly discounted from the prices we pay for oil from the Persian Gulf and will help drive down fuel prices for both our military and American drivers.
"The State Department’s extensive environmental review of the pipeline concluded that, in the currently proposed route, there is no scenario in which the Northern High Plains Aquifer would be adversely affected, and that alternative paths would 'disturb more land and cross more bodies of water than the proposed route.'
"Because it will be environmentally safe, create thousands of high paying jobs, significantly boost the U.S. economy, and enhance our energy security, CEA is urging – on behalf of energy consumers nationwide – for the Obama Administration to grant the Presidential Permit and allow the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline."
The 1,700-mile Keystone XL Pipeline project received approval from Canada’s National Energy Board in 2010, but the project also requires a Presidential Permit from the U.S. Department of State because it crosses an international border. In June, CEA delivered more than 62,000 public comments supporting the project to the U.S. Department of State, all of which came from people living in the six states through which the proposed pipeline will travel: Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, comprised of more than 160 affiliate members, including energy consumers and producers, and tens of thousands of consumer advocates, that supports the thoughtful utilization of energy resources to help ensure improved domestic and global energy security, stable prices for consumers and balanced energy policy for America.
The Ports-to-Plains Alliance is a member of the Consumer Energy Alliance.