WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Kristi Noem today expressed deep disappointment with President Obama’s decision to deny approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
“President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline robs South Dakota of good jobs and economic opportunity,” said Noem. “This pipeline offered revenue for cash-strapped South Dakota counties and much-needed relief on the roads and rails that are currently crowded with oil transit. His rejection was a purely political decision. In the half-dozen years that Keystone has been under review, 10,000 miles of pipeline have been laid in this country. That’s more than eight Keystone XL pipelines.”
Rep. Noem has been a vocal supporter of the Keystone XL Pipeline’s construction, arguing it would create jobs and generate revenue for South Dakota. She was a co-sponsor of the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act, which was passed by the House and Senate but vetoed by the President earlier this year.