Congressman Bill Owens is calling on the president to move forward with a revised plan for the Keystone XL pipeline.
Owens reiterated his support Monday for the Keystone XL pipeline by signing a bipartisan letter to President Barack Obama on the issue.
The letter asks Obama to move swiftly on a revised plan for routing the proposed pipeline through the State of Nebraska.
The project would transport Canadian oil to refineries in the Midwest and Southern United States.
The new plan is intended to address environmental concerns surrounding the project, while allowing the project to proceed.
In their letter to President Obama, members of congress noted the potential for new investment and job creation as a result of the project, as well as the potential to reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil.
“We respectfully request that your administration act expeditiously and approve the project as soon as possible,” the letter reads. “We need to make our country energy independent.”
As co-chairman of the Northern Border Caucus, Owens has long supported a fair and expeditious review of the project.
“The Keystone Pipeline stands to increase economic activity between the United States and Canada while supporting America’s energy independence,” said Owens. “After four years of waiting, it’s time for Washington to make a decision and hopefully proceed with the pipeline.”
A bipartisan coalition of nearly 150 Members of Congress signed the letter to President Obama. The letter is available by clicking here http://owens.house.gov/uploadedfiles/keystoneletter.pdf.