January 22, 2013 3:37 pm | Categories:
WASHINGTON, DC—The following statement was released today by Sean McGarvey, President of the Building and Construction Trades Department:
“Today, with Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman giving final state approval for the re-route of the Keystone XL Pipeline, America’s Building Trades Unions call upon the Obama Administration to expedite the issuance of the necessary permit to begin the immediate construction of this important project. The Governor’s approval represents the last step in the reroute review process established by the Nebraska State legislature, and satisfies the reasoning behind the State Department’s November 2011 decision to delay a final decision due to the necessity to seek additional information pertaining to re-routes around the Sand Hills region in Nebraska. The approved re-route now becomes part of the project’s Presidential Permit application, and there is no reason for any further delay.
On November 6th, exit polls indicated that Americans top election concern was, and still is, the economy and jobs. The Keystone XL pipeline is an important component to continued economic growth, as well as creating new jobs. Thousands of skilled craft professionals will go to work as soon as the permit is approved by the Obama Administration.
This has been the most studied and analyzed infrastructure project perhaps in our nation’s history. And at every juncture, concerns about safety and the environment have been met and satisfied. It is now time to build the Keystone XL pipeline and put thousands of Americans back to work.”