Addressing your Congressman about TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline

By Lori Kesinger TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline project has been delayed most likely until next year as it waits for a final review from the U.S. State Department. President Obama has delegated the State Department the task of determining whether the pipeline is in the U.S. national interest.

 

 

Posted December 13, 2013

By Lori Kesinger

TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline project has been delayed most likely until next year as it waits for a final review from the U.S. State Department. President Obama has delegated the State Department the task of determining whether the pipeline is in the U.S. national interest.

The proposed Keystone XL Pipeline is a system to transport crude oil from the oil sands of Alberta, Canada, and the northern U.S. to refineries near the Gulf of Mexico. An on-ramp called the Bakken MarketLink will intersect with the pipeline at Baker providing a terminal to export oil being produced from the Bakken formation. Most of the Bakken oil is currently being transported by tanker or rail car.

Proponents say the pipeline will create jobs, increase tax revenue, and gain energy independence for the U.S. Montana Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester, and Congressman Steve Daines all support the pipeline project. Congressman Steve Daines was among four members of Congress testifying at a hearing in September on “Keystone’s Red Tape Anniversary: Five Years of Bureaucratic Delay and Economic Benefits Denied”. “These days in Washington, it’s hard to find many measures Republicans and Democrats agree on. The Keystone Pipeline’s bipartisan support should be telling,” Daines said. “This is common sense. Montanans support the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline and are ready to move. Why are we still waiting?”

Local supporters of the pipeline should contact Montana Senators and Congressman to inquire what they are currently doing to get the pipeline approved.

Contact by letter, fax, phone or website:

Senator Max Baucus

Honorable Max Baucus

US Senate

511 Hart Senate Building

Washington, DC 20510-2602

 

 

      



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