IUOE Statement on Gov. Heineman’s Approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline

January 24, 2013 9:50 am | Categories:

Yesterday’s announcement by Governor Heineman to approve the reroute of Keystone XL Pipeline clears the way for the Obama Administration to approve the Presidential Permit necessary to begin construction of this vital energy infrastructure project.

The Operating Engineers appreciate Governor Heineman’s effort to mitigate the environmental impact of the project by avoiding the sensitive Sandhills area, while still recognizing the critical importance of Keystone XL to America’s energy future.

The International Union of Operating Engineers, as one of North America’s largest construction unions, strongly encourages the State Department and other relevant federal agencies to approve this project as quickly as possible.

“After more than four years of analysis and a significant environmental improvement resulting from the Nebraska reroute, it is beyond time to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. With an unemployment rate near 14% in construction, Operating Engineers and other construction workers simply cannot afford to wait,” said General President James T. Callahan.

The International Union of Operating Engineers will continue to work with our partners in industry and our allies in government to bring vital energy infrastructure projects like Keystone XL online and to create the kind of high-paying, high-skilled jobs that are so vital to our economy, our members, and their families.

Contact: Jay Lederer

The International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) represents nearly 400,000 members in 123 local unions across the U.S. and Canada, including operating engineers who work as heavy equipment operators, mechanics, and surveyors in the construction industry, and stationary engineers, who operate and maintain building and industrial facilities.