Rural Montana Magazine - November 2013 - page 9

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Delaying Keystone Pipeline Hurts Montana
This month’s question:
How optimistic are you that the Obama Administration will approve the Keystone XL
Pipeline in the near future?
Senator Max Baucus
Representative Steve Daines
Senator Jon Tester
How to contact Sen. Tester
Hart Senate Office Building,
Room 706
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2644
How to contact Sen. Baucus
Hart Senate Office Building
Room 511
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: 1-800-332-6106
T
he Keystone XL Pipeline
needs to be approved.
Eastern Montana continues to
experience an energy boom,
and the pipeline is the best
way to get our oil to market
and to create new jobs and
economic opportunities.
I have voted to approve the
Keystone XL Pipeline three
times. I am disappointed that
the president has not
approved this common-sense
project yet. The pipeline
needs to be built to the high-
est safety standards to pre-
vent oil spills, and it needs to
be built with respect for the
private property rights of the
landowners whose land the
pipeline will cross.
Some folks claim that if
we don’t build the pipeline, it
will prevent Canada from
fully developing its energy
reserves and keep more
greenhouse gasses out of the
atmosphere. But Canada will
find another way to get that
oil to market. If the oil’s
going to be sold, it should go
through the U.S. and include
the on-ramp for Montana oil
at Baker.
I will keep fighting to
responsibly develop Montana
energy reserves because
increasing our energy securi-
ty strengthens our economic
and our national security.
The Keystone XL Pipeline
is a big part of that effort,
and I will keep fighting to get
it built.
T
he president’s decisions
thus far to delay the
Keystone XL Pipeline make
no sense to me. Despite five
years of environmental
reviews and stronger safety
standards, the Keystone
Pipeline and the Montana
jobs related to it remain in
limbo. I’ve been urging the
president to move forward on
Keystone, and I’m hopeful
he’ll do the right thing
because Keystone makes
sense for Montana —and for
our nation.
My number one priority is
protecting Montana jobs and
bringing more good-paying
jobs to our state. Keystone
will be a cheaper and safer
route to market for Montana
oil, and it will bring several
thousand construction jobs to
the state that we need now.
These will be good-paying
union jobs to build the 283
miles of pipe, six pump sta-
tions and 50 access roads in
Montana. Keystone will
bring $80 million in new rev-
enue each year to the state of
Montana and six counties. In
McCone County alone, that
would amount to an immedi-
ate annual revenue boost of
about $10,000 per resident.
Beyond our state’s borders,
Keystone is an important
piece of infrastructure in
helping our nation become
energy independent by pro-
tecting our energy supplies
from disruption.
The bottom line: I am still
hoping the administration
will do the right thing and
approve Keystone XL. But if
they don’t, I’ll fight them
tooth and nail to get moving
on this project because
Montana jobs are counting on
it. We’ve done enough analy-
sis — now it’s time to put
Montanans to work.
A
fter five years of wait-
ing, numerous environ-
mental reviews, and the
potential for 20,000 jobs and
$20 billion injected into the
economy, President Obama
still refuses to approve the
permits to build the Keystone
XL pipeline. This job-creat-
ing project holds tremendous
potential for our state, and
like many Montanans, I’m
deeply frustrated by the pres-
ident’s delay in approving the
Keystone XL pipeline. This
pipeline would transport up
to 100,000 barrels of Bakken
oil from Montana and North
Dakota, through an “on-
ramp” in Baker. It would also
help create long-term jobs
and maintain low energy
costs in our rural communi-
ties. NorVal Electric
Cooperative in Glasgow is
expected to supply power for
one of the Keystone XL
pump stations. If Keystone is
built, it will help NorVal
keep its consumers’ electric
rates stable for at least the
next 10 years. But if the
pipeline isn’t built, NorVal
expects that its rates could
grow upwards of 40 percent
over the next decade. For
most Montanans, who live on
tight budgets and carefully
track where their paycheck is
going, a 40-percent increase
in utility rates is devastating.
I don’t know when President
Obama will make a decision,
but there are no more excus-
es left. Montanans have wait-
ed long enough—it’s time to
build the Keystone XL
pipeline.
How to contact Rep. Daines
209 Cannon House Office
Bldg, Washington, D.C., 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3211
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