The Keystone XL pipeline will not only make energy cheaper in the United States, but also be provide a boost to the country’s economy and jobs, according to the American Petroleum Institute (API).
Marty Durbin, API executive vice president and chief strategy officer, said that the project has indirectly supported the economies of some states like Nebraska. He also hoped that the project will not be a significant concern for President Donald Trump as much as it was for the Obama administration.
The institute, which published the API 653 standards, also believes that the pipeline will be environmentally safe, although some groups beg to disagree on that.
Bold Nebraska and the Sierra Club among other environmental groups oppose the pipeline’s construction in Nebraska. Each group wanted to present a separate testimony against Keystone XL, yet the Nebraska Public Service Commission (NPSC) rejected the arrangement for the second time. Instead, the groups are required to combine their testimonies to save time during scheduled hearings between August 7 and 11.
The commission scheduled the hearings for the pipeline’s proposed route before deciding whether or not to approve the project. Bold Nebraska Attorney Ken Winston said that the group is considering further action on the rejected appeal.
Durbin acknowledged the communities’ issues on the pipeline’s impact on the environment, but he assured that while these issues are legitimate, over 99.9% of the oil that goes through the already built pipelines safely reach their destination.
In case the NPSC approves the proposed route, the Keystone XL pipeline may be operational within 12 to 18 months after the approval. The project already receives permission from the federal government.
The Keystone XL pipeline has certain benefits that we should not overlook, although it is just as important to take its environmental impact as one concern since the construction of energy infrastructure should also be sustainable.