Earlier this morning, the Nebraska Public Service Commission voted to improve America’s energy infrastructure, and provide a tremendous economic boost to American workers, families, and communities. Voting 3-2 in favor, the Nebraska PSC approved the route of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline, letting the project move forward and begin construction on a pipeline that will carry up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil each day from Canada to Nebraska.
The construction of this project will bring more energy to markets and help continue to reliability, energy security and opportunity. The simple fact remains that there is no alternative safer for the transportation of crude oil than underground pipelines. As GAIN spokesman Craig Stevens wrote in his recent column for The Hill:
“Rail, trucks and barge each play an important role in transporting energy resources, but pipelines are the backbone of our nation’s energy delivery system. Pipelines are the safest, most environmentally sensitive and most cost-effective way to transport petrochemical resources.”
The United States requires more than 800 million gallons of petroleum and petroleum products every day, and expanding the infrastructure that brings these necessary resources to markets across the country is vital for America’s energy security. The Keystone XL Pipeline will provide an important and necessary channel through which the resources that Americans use and need every day will flow.
The GAIN coalition applauds the decision made by the Nebraska Public Service Commission. It’s another step in the right direction that will boost economies and create jobs, while providing a vital service in the process. Read our official statement on the decision here.