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November 30, 2011
Johanns Supports Keystone XL Bill
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) cosponsored a bill today to prevent unnecessary delays in the Keystone XL pipeline approval process. The legislation moves forward the President’s decision on the Keystone XL pipeline while still allowing for the Nebraska process to move the route around the Sand Hills.
“This bill respects the Nebraska process to protect the Sand Hills while providing a commonsense approach to bring friendly oil and jobs to the U.S. without unnecessary delay,” said Johanns. “I've said all along that I have nothing against tar sands oil or oil pipelines. Now that TransCanada has agreed to change the pipeline route in Nebraska, it makes sense to ensure the President’s decision on the Keystone XL pipeline is not delayed for political purposes.”
- Directs the President to make a decision regarding the permit for the non-Nebraska portions of the Keystone XL pipeline within 60 days.
- If the President does not act, the permit would be granted by law.
- Approve a Nebraska route submitted by the Governor of Nebraska;
- Provide for a period during which the Department of State will support Nebraska efforts to identify an alternative route;
- If the President does not act within 10 days, the route submitted by the Governor would be approved by law.
- Cosponsors include Sens. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), David Vitter (R-La.), Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Dan Coats (R-Ind.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), John Thune (R-S.D.), and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)