Washington, D.C. (KELO-AM) - Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) announced today that she sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry requesting he support immediate approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Noem’s letter was sent in response to the most recent State Department environmental report released Friday, March 1. The report found no major environmental concerns associated with the pipeline’s construction, though stopped short of recommending its approval.
“It’s been four and a half years since this process started and we have waited long enough,” said Rep. Noem. “Middle-class jobs are on the line and those jobs are being held up by politics. If we want to be serious about ensuring our nation’s energy security, this project needs to be approved immediately.”
The letter states: “Studies thus far, including the most recent report released on Friday, show that the Keystone XL pipeline will have minimal environmental impact and a substantial economic benefit to our country. There are no longer any scientific reasons to reject this energy project. I believe it’s time to put middle-class jobs and energy security first. This issue is too important for politics to get in the way.”