Neugebauer Votes to Clear the Way for Keystone XL Development

May 22, 2013 Issues: Economy and Jobs, Energy, Science

WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) voted to pass H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act.  The bill passed with bipartisan support.

“This was a vote for jobs,” Neugebauer said.  “The construction of Keystone XL alone will create 20,000 jobs, and increased economic activity from the energy supplied by Keystone XL will create 118,000 down the road.” 

The Keystone XL pipeline is a private-sector project that would stretch from oil sands in Canada to the Gulf Coast of Texas, bringing greater energy security to America by supplying up to 830,000 barrels of oil a day.  Because the pipeline crosses the border between the U.S. and Canada, it requires Presidential approval. 

Keystone XL has been extensively studied, and the State Department has issued multiple scientific assessments that have concluded that Keystone XL will have “minimal environmental impact” and a “degree of safety greater than any typically constructed domestic oil pipeline.”  

“The President has held up approval of Keystone XL because of partisan politics,” Neugebauer said.  “This bill removed the requirement for a presidential permit so that we can get going and start creating some much needed jobs.”