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Hoeven Keystone Press Release

Hoeven Keystone Press Release

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Press release from Senator John Hoeven's office.
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8/29/13SayAnythingBlog.com Mail - HOEVEN, BIPARTISAN GROUP OF SENATORS: DONT DELAY KEYSTONE XL DECISION AGAINhttps://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2&ik=54934dab3f&view=pt&search=inbox&th=140caba3787eea591/4
Rob Port <rob@sayanythingblog.com>
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Canton, Don (Hoeven)
<Don_Canton@hoeven.senate.gov>Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 10:38 AM 
August 29, 2013 
Don Canton (Hoeven)202-224-2551 don_canton@hoeven.senate.gov Jennifer Donohue (Baucus)202-224- 2651  jennifer_donohue@baucus.senate.gov AshLee Strong (Thune)202-228-5940 ashlee_strong@src.senate.gov Matt Lehner (Landrieu) 202-224-4893 media@landrieu.senate.gov
8/29/13SayAnythingBlog.com Mail - HOEVEN, BIPARTISAN GROUP OF SENATORS: DONT DELAY KEYSTONE XL DECISION AGAINhttps://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2&ik=54934dab3f&view=pt&search=inbox&th=140caba3787eea592/4
WASHINGTON – Senators John Hoeven, Max Baucus (D-Mont.), John Thune (R-S.D.) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.) todaysaid that President Obama must not delay yet again a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline project, which would extend thereview process into an unprecedented sixth year. The senators say the delay could be occasioned this time by a second inspector general’s (IG) inquiry regarding theDepartment of State’s most recent Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The first inquiry, completed in January of 2012, foundthat the Department of State handled a previous EIS properly and transparently. This marks the fourth delay of the Keystone XL project since 2011, when the State Department issued its final EISfinding no significant environmental impact and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton informed me that the agency expected to makea decision by December of that year,” Hoeven said. “This tactic of delay and deferral must stop. It is depriving America of jobs,hurting the American economy and hurting the American people.” “We cannot sit by while excuse after excuse delays jobs in Montana and across the country,” Baucus said. “We've hadyears of studies and the President's own State Department has repeatedly concluded the environment won't be harmed. It's pasttime to put Americans to work building the Keystone pipeline.” Bipartisan majorities in both chambers of Congress have voted in favor of the Keystone XL pipeline and poll after pollcontinues to show that the majority of Americans support the job-creating project, yet the president remains beholden to theextreme environmental wing of his party,” Thune said. “Nearly five years have passed since the Keystone XL pipeline permitrequest was first submitted and four successful environmental reviews have since been conducted. It’s time for the president tostop making excuses and immediately approve this common-sense project that stands to create thousands of jobs and invest billions in the American economy.” “Time is up for President Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline,” said Landrieu. “This project will ensure we areable to replace oil imports from Venezuela and the Middle East with imports from our longtime ally Canada. It will create 43,000much-needed jobs, and it will support fabrication and construction industries along the Gulf Coast and throughout the Midwest.Continuing to delay the pipeline will only drive Canadian production to be exported to China and Korea. We cannot miss this
8/29/13SayAnythingBlog.com Mail - HOEVEN, BIPARTISAN GROUP OF SENATORS: DONT DELAY KEYSTONE XL DECISION AGAINhttps://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2&ik=54934dab3f&view=pt&search=inbox&th=140caba3787eea593/4
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to grow our economy, secure our energy independence and reduce our oil imports from countriesthat do not share our values.” The senators said, notwithstanding the IG’s inquiry, President Obama and the State Department have no justification todelay the project yet again and have ample reason to approve it. To date, four environmental impact statements and reviews have been completed on the Keystone XL project and not one has indicated a significant environmental impact. In fact, all have issueda finding of “no significant impact” on the environment. And in its latest analysis in March, the State Department concludedspecifically that “there would be no substantive change in global greenhouse gas emissions” associated with Keystone XL. If the approval process of the Keystone XL project is the new model of how our country plans to approach energydevelopment, the nation is at serious risk, the senators said. The Keystone XL project must be decided on its merits, which areclear: it will create jobs, help reduce and eventually eliminate our reliance on Middle Eastern oil, and enhance our nation’ssecurity. That’s why the president must approve it without delay, they said.-###- 
Don CantonCommunications Director Office of Senator John HoevenState of North Dakota202-224-8469(O)202-604-7823(C)Don_Canton@hoeven.senate.gov

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