WASHINGTON, DC Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) continues to offer his full support to the TransCanada Gulf Coast Expansion Project (Keystone XL Pipeline) that is expected to create thousands of jobs in Southeast Texas. Today, the House Energy and Power Subcommittee approved legislation that would require the Administration to speed up its decision on the permit application for the Keystone XL Pipeline. Congressman Poe is a cosponsor of this bill and has repeatedly called on the Administration to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

It is time for the Administration to quit stalling and make a decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline project. The facts are plain and simple: we should end our dependence on foreign dictators and get our oil from our stable neighbor, Canada. The country needs oil and it needs jobs. This project would provide both, including thousands of jobs in Southeast Texas where the Pipeline would end. The oil refined in this Pipeline will provide the United States with a reliable and affordable source of energy for many years to come. Failure to grant this permit would be yet another example of the Administration holding our own domestic production hostage. Enough is enough.

Congressman Poe has been a supporter of the Keystone XL Pipeline project from the beginning.  He sent a letter to Secretary Hilary Clinton stating his support for the project and requests an update on the permitting status.  The letter additionally states: This project is vitally important to the energy security of the United States, and I encourage you to approve the permit without further delay. 

In addition, Poe also joined 35 members of Congress on a delegation letter to Secretary Clinton urging the Department of State to move forward with the permitting process for the Pipeline project as planned.

In a letter to Gary G. Mar, QC, Minister-Counselor of Alberta, Canada, Congressman Poe again offered his full support:  

 This project will be extremely important to the 2nd Congressional District of Texas, as it is home to over 23% of the refining capacity in the United States. 

The proposed Keystone Gulf Coast Expansion Project is an approximate 1,661-mile, 36-inch crude oil pipeline that would begin at Hardisty, Alberta and extend southeast through Saskatchewan, Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. It would incorporate the 298-mile portion of the Keystone Pipeline through Nebraska and Kansas to serve markets at Cushing, Oklahoma before continuing through Oklahoma to a delivery point near existing terminals in Nederland, Texas to serve the Port Arthur, Texas marketplace.