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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas

Rep. Gene Green Responds to the Environmental Impact Statement

January 31, 2014
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) Following State Departments release of the Environmental Impact Statement for Keystone XL, Congressman Gene Green issued the following statement in response:

“I am pleased that the Department of State has released what I hope is the final Environmental Impact Statement related to the Keystone XL pipeline.  This final EIS doesn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know, and comes 3 years after the fact.  The political and bureaucratic process has bogged down this pipeline for too long and needs to be streamlined.  The Presidential permitting process needs to be reformed.  Working with colleagues from both sides of the aisle, I have introduced H.R. 3301, which would allow the import or export of commodities by pipeline, which compared to other forms of transportation, has been competitively disadvantaged.  Pipelines are the safest, most economical way to move oil and gas, and I encourage the State Department to quickly finish its work and issue a permit so that we can finally move forward with this critical piece of infrastructure.”

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