Senator Bill Nelson on XL Pipeline
Dear Mrs. Dixey:
Thank you for contacting me regarding the proposed expansion of the Keystone Pipeline that would carry heavy crude from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada, to refineries in Oklahoma and the Gulf Coast.
In December 2011, Congress passed H.R. 3765, the Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act (Public Law 112-78), which required the President to issue a decision on the Keystone permit within 60 days. Prior to passage of this law, the State Department had expressed concern that forcing a quick decision on the permit would compromise its ability to conduct a thorough review of the environmental, economic, safety, and national security issues. On January 18, 2012, President Obama rejected TransCanada’s permit application.
I am committed to reducing our dependence on foreign oil. I appreciate the time you’ve taken to express your thoughts on this issue, and I will be sure to keep them in mind. Please do not hesitate to contact me again in the future.