Johnson Cosponsors Keystone XL Pipeline Project Legislation

Washington, D.C. – Senator Ron Johnson (WI) today announced that he is an original cosponsor of the North American Energy Security Act. The legislation would expedite construction of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline Project, while ensuring appropriate environmental safeguards.

 “We should be looking to utilize all of our domestic energy resources in an environmentally-responsible way. The Keystone XL Pipeline Project would reduce our dependence on energy sources outside North America, and create an estimated 20,000 jobs. It would also ensure that energy produced by one of our closest trading partners – Canada – benefits the United States, rather than being exported to Asia.

 “This process has already dragged on for years. TransCanada has previously agreed to 57 special conditions imposed by the State Department – whose own study concluded that the project would have ‘minimal’ environmental impact. Unless President Obama has strong and specific objections, it is time for the project to go forward.”

 The North American Energy Security Act requires the Secretary of State to issue a permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline Project within 60 days, unless the President determines that it is not in the national interest. It requires the permit to contain strong and specific environmental protections. It also requires the permit to recognize an alternative route approved by Nebraska.