U.S. Senator John Barrasso joined a group of bipartisan senators Thursday in introducing legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. The bill's sponsors aim to approve the 1,700-mile long pipeline project, citing congressional authority.
The project has been studied for close to five years, and Barrasso says a fourth environmental review by the State Department has concluded the pipeline would impart no significant impact on the environment.
Barrasso says the Obama administration has delayed the project for nearly four-and-a-half years, and the only state along the proposed route with previous concerns - Nebraska - has approved the path through their state. The bill's sponsors say they want to press the Obama administration to get a timeline and a decision in favor of advancing the extensive pipeline project.
Barrasso says in a media release it shouldn’t take more than five years for President Obama and Washington bureaucrats to approve a project that will deliver both good jobs and energy to Americans. He says it’s time to stop blocking and start building.