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U.S. Chamber’s Energy Institute Statement on State Department’s Review of Keystone XL Pipeline

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 8:00pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Matt Koch, vice president at the U.S. Chamber’s Energy Institute, issued the following statement today regarding the State Department’s Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Keystone XL pipeline:

“The State Department has now completed another thorough review of the environmental impacts of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. This is an important step in the approval process of Keystone XL, a project which will create tens of thousands of jobs in the U.S. and generate millions in tax revenue for our nation.

“The report confirms what the State Department had previously determined—that the construction and operation of Keystone XL will have a limited adverse impact on the environment. While some have sought to politicize this process, the facts in the EIS speak for themselves.

“The question before us is not whether Canada will develop its oil sands resources. We know that they will. The question is whether the U.S. imports more oil from Canada, a reliable ally, or from other nations overseas who may not share our values.

“We encourage the business community to be actively engaged in the public comment process, and we look forward to the State Department’s ‘national interest’ assessment, which will clear the way for a construction permit to be issued.”

The Energy Institute has launched the Partnership to Fuel America to promote the benefits of Canadian oil sands and support investment in critical North American energy projects. The Partnership is comprised of American businesses that understand that Canada’s energy resources can help the U.S. meet its growing demand for energy. In Montana and South Dakota alone, the Partnership has nearly 50 partners already.

The mission of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy is to unify policymakers, regulators, business leaders, and the American public behind a common sense energy strategy to help keep America secure, prosperous, and clean. Through policy development, education, and advocacy, the Institute is building support for meaningful action at the local, state, national, and international levels.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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