The Keystone pipeline system is a network of oil pipelines that transport crude oil extracted from Alberta, Canada to refineries across America. The TransCanada Corporation, the owner of the pipeline, has completed several portions in the United States. But approval for the XL Pipeline, which would include a stretch from Canada to Nebraska, and then a separate portion from Kansas to the Texas Gulf Coast, has been held up indefinitely by the Obama administration for two years due to environmental concerns.
H.R. 3703 would direct the Secretary of State to remove the legal obstacles blocking the proposed extension, allowing roughly 1,700 miles of pipeline to be built between Nebraska and the Gulf Coast. Here’s how it would be done:
- The Secretary of State would issue a Presidential permit approving TransCanada’s application for the pipeline, including its proposed re-route through Nebraska.
- The Secretary would also issue a final environmental impact statement and evaluation report stating that the project won’t result in significant harm to the environment, endangered species or historic lands.
- Senior federal officials who delay permits or environmental reports for the XL pipeline would be punished with a 75 percent cap on their salaries.