Rep. Susan Davis Opposes Effort to Kill Environmental Review of Keystone Pipeline

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Washington, DC, January 9, 2015 | comments

Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) opposed House legislation to create a special exemption and ignore environmental law over the Keystone XL Pipeline approval process.

“This bill essentially says that a Canadian company does not have to follow the same rules as American companies,” said Davis. “I cannot recall the U.S. Congress ever working so hard on behalf of a Canadian oil company, TransCanada.  Furthermore, Keystone will have virtually no impact on job creation and an unnoticeable effect on gas prices.  This project is high on environmental risks and low on reward, and certainly not worth ignoring our environmental laws.”

Keystone is currently undergoing the longstanding federal review process required for such projects. The Keystone Pipeline Act (H.R. 3) would stop the environmental review under dubious claims of job creation and lower gas prices.

A report by the State Department says that only about 35 permanent jobs will be created to maintain the pipeline. Plus, there is no guarantee that these jobs will be filled by Americans.

Experts agree that Keystone would have an unnoticeable impact on gas prices. The Congressional Research Service reported that increasing access to Canadian oil would not calm the unpredictable oil market, which tends to be influenced by international events.

The bill also exempts TransCanada from the 8 cents per barrel contribution to the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund that other oil companies have to pay. All but ensuring that TransCanada will not foot the bill to clean up any future oil spills.

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