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January 11, 2019 - Building the Keystone XL Pipeline


What is the problem?

In 2017, the Trump Administration fulfilled a campaign promise by approving a key federal permit to allow the development of the Keystone XL Pipeline.  However, in November 2018, a U.S. Circuit Judge in Montana blocked this development, claiming further environmental reviews are necessary.

The federal judge sided with an environmentalist group seeking to completely halt the project.  The judge’s ruling puts the creation of more than 6,000 new jobs, billions of dollars in economic development, and America’s energy security on life support.  This ruling furthers the lengthy, expensive, and duplicative environmental review process which likely will yield no new scientific information that isn’t already available. 


What is the Keystone XL Pipeline?

The Keystone XL Pipeline is a proposed crude oil pipeline that would originate in Hardisty, Alberta, Canada and end in Steele City, Nebraska.  This project is crucial for the advancement of America’s 21st century energy renaissance.  Pipelines are one of the safest and most secure methods of transporting crude oil and natural gas.  The Keystone XL Pipeline will increase America’s tax revenue, while giving Americans long-term access to oil that would eventually be consumed for our day-to-day benefit.


What am I doing about it?

I recently joined Senate Western Caucus Chairman Steve Daines, Senate Indian Affairs Committee Chairman John Hoeven, and dozens of Representatives and Senators in sending a letter to President Trump urging him to use his authority to pursue further action to ensure this project becomes a reality for American families.  


What are they saying?

“The Keystone XL project will create Montana jobs, make America more secure, and lower prices Montanans pay at the pump. Unfortunately, an activist judge halted the Keystone XL pipeline project after it had cleared nearly a decade’s worth of permitting hoops and bureaucratic interference.

“The judge’s decision has had an immediate impact on Montana, home to the largest stretch of the pipeline. Businesses along the route expected more customers and business, and counties along the route anticipated infrastructure improvements and greater tax revenue. The judge’s decision put their prospects on hold.

“I hope this is resolved quickly so the long-awaited projected project can be completed.” – Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-MT)