The Edmond Sun

March 12, 2014

Obama refuses permit for Keystone XL pipeline with delay

James Coburn
The Edmond Sun

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With 2,000 days past since TransCanada made its first application to permit the construction of the transnational Keystone XL pipeline, Congressman James Lankford criticized the Obama administration for keeping the issue in limbo.

“Permitting seems to be a very difficult task for this Administration,” said Lankford, R-Edmond.

The southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline, which begins in Cushing has already begun transporting oil to the Gulf Coast.

The administration continues to postpone the utilization of North American energy with its 22,000 pages of paperwork on the subject, Lankford said. The State Department needs to inform the administration there is enough information for Obama to be clear on his energy policy with the American people.

Thousands of jobs that could invigorate the economy could be created by the Keystone pipeline, while helping to secure energy independence here in the U.S., Lankford said.

Canada and thousands of unemployed Americans wait for Obama to make a decision, Lankford said.

“Americans are increasingly impatient with this administration dragging its feet over this otherwise ordinary pipeline’s delayed permitting process,” Lankford said. “We already have an extensive network of approved pipelines within our borders.”

The number of safety precautions and environmental studies on the pipeline is unprecedented since the bipartisan Pipeline Safety Act of 2011 became law, said Lankford, who announced his 2014 bid for U.S. Senate.

Former state Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton, has also announced his bid to replace the retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn. He said America’s long-term security is linked to energy independence.

“The President and his liberal allies have been wrong every step of the way on the Keystone XL pipeline,” Shannon stated on his campaign website. “We need energy security and jobs. Why would they stand in the way of something that can bring both?”

He also stated that it’s time to lift the federal law banning the exportation of our crude oil to improve the state’s economy.

Shannon calls for opening up vast reserves with offshore drilling and on federal lands. If elected, Shannon said he will fight to end to programs that harm the taxpayer in the name of environmental protection.



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