Our great country has an opportunity to complete a project that would provide billions of dollars in economic activity, create thousands of high-paying manufacturing and construction jobs and at the same time take a significant step towards providing for greater U.S. energy security and independence. No I’m not talking about a massive government spending campaign designed to take money from one group of taxpayers and give it to another, instead I’m talking about a private sector project that once approved, has the potential to add billions of dollars to America’s gross domestic product and deliver millions more in revenue to our government.
The project known as the Keystone Gulf Coast Expansion Pipeline Project will bring more than a million barrels a day of Canadian oil to U.S. refineries.
The project has finally received tentative approval from the Environmental Protection Agency and now sits before the State Department. Quite candidly the pipeline should have been under final construction by now, were it not for the EPA delaying the process despite the State Department issuing an Environmental Impact Statement that speaks favorably for the project. Delays have done nothing but harm U.S. energy development, and in turn, U.S. consumers.
The pipeline starts in Canada, runs through Kansas from the Washington County area to Arkansas City and ultimately through Texas to the Gulf Coast.
Due to the pipeline running through Kansas, the State Department is holding a public hearing in Topeka on Monday, Sept. 26 from noon to 3:30pm and 4pm to 8pm at the Kansas ExpoCentre.
It is vital that supporters of the project be present for the hearing to voice their support for U.S. jobs and increased energy production and security.
The choice is clear, either we complete the pipeline utilizing American workers or we sit back and watch it be sold to countries like China.