Sen. Murkowski Comments on State Report on Keystone XL

January 31, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today commented on the Obama administration’s release of the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) on the Keystone XL Pipeline, which can be found on the State Department’s website.

“Today’s report from the State Department report has once again determined that the Keystone XL pipeline – which would mean thousands of jobs for Americans – would not cause a significant increase in greenhouse gas emissions,” Murkowski said. “It’s now been more than five years since TransCanada first applied for a permit – it’s time for the president to stop stalling and approve this shovel-ready project.”

The Obama administration has 90 days from the release of the State Department’s review to find that building the pipeline is in the national interest.

“The president has called for this to be a year of action,” Murkowski said. “What better way to start the year than by approving a project that will create thousands of jobs and assist one of our closest allies in the world? All the president has to do is find the Keystone XL pipeline in the national interest – just as he did with the Alberta Clipper pipeline in 2009. It’s truly not that difficult. After five years of delay, the decision should already be made.”

Murkowski is Alaska’s senior senator and the ranking Republican on the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.