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Senators and House members call for approval of Keystone XL Pipeline

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U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu

This week, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., joined a bipartisan group of Senators, labor leaders and experts to call on the administration to give final approval to construct the Keystone XL Pipeline. The group, along with Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer, labor and business leaders and a national security expert, also attended the press conference on Capitol Hill earlier this week.

Representatives Lee Terry, R-Neb., and John Barrow, D-Ga., who also attended the press conference, have introduced legislation, which pass in May 2013, in the House of Representatives to expedite approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Last week, the U.S. State Department released its final Environmental Impact Statement which concluded that the construction of the pipeline would have no significant impact on the environment.

"In the United States, we already have 2.6 million miles of pipeline transporting oil, gas and refined products that this country needs for its own economic vitality," said Sen. Landrieu. "These pipelines provide energy to 313 million citizens, 114 million homes and 18 million businesses across the country.  So we are struggling to understand why the 800 additional miles in the Keystone XL pipeline are facing such delay. The pipeline is critical to securing our energy independence and solidifying our strong partnership with our friendly ally, Canada. In Louisiana, we explore, produce and find a lot of energy, and we transport it. We want to keep our people and the environment safe, and this pipeline removes congestion and provides a safe way to get energy where it's needed. The time for studies is over, and it's time to act now to get this project underway."

The Keystone Pipeline System is an oil pipeline system in Canada and the United States. It runs from the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin in Alberta, Canada, to refineries in the United States in Steele City, Nebraska, Wood River and Patoka, Illinois and in the Gulf Coast of Texas.

Three phases of the project are in operation and the fourth is awaiting U.S. government approval. Upon completion, the Keystone Pipeline System would consist of the completed 2,151 Keystone Pipeline (Phases I and II), Keystone Gulf Coast Expansion (Phase III) and the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline Project (Phase IV).

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