In the closing days of the public comment period for the Department of State’s National Interest Determination review of the Keystone XL pipeline, API’s Downstream Operations Senior Manager, Refining and Oil Sands Cindy Schild urged President Obama to finally approve the project without further delay.
“The needlessly long review of the Keystone XL pipeline continues to deprive thousands of Americans of good-paying jobs and the nation of a vital piece of energy infrastructure,” said Schild. “At year six, and counting, of the administration’s review, support among policymakers and the public continue to grow. To make sure the president hears the American people, we will deliver more than 500,000 comments to the State Department urging the president to approve the pipeline.
“Keystone XL exceeds all the criteria under consideration in the National Interest Determination period,” Schild said. “As remaining factors like energy and economic security benefits, stability of the supply, relations with Canada, our top trading partner are considered, it will be only more evident that approval is the only decision that is best for Americans.
“This project will create more than 42,000 jobs and enhance our energy security. The time for study is over,” said Schild. “The Obama administration has all the evidence it needs to approve the KXL now.”
API represents all segments of America’s oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 580 members produce, process, and distribute most of the nation’s energy. The industry also supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy.
Source: API, 2014.