Keystone XL Pipeline

The proposed Keystone XL Pipeline route begins in Hardisty, Alta., and extends south to Steele City, Neb. The pipeline will pass through the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan and the states of Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska.

Keystone XL Route

The Keystone XL Pipeline could increase America's energy and economic security.   

The proposed Keystone XL Pipeline consists of a 1,700-mile crude oil pipeline and related facilities that would bring more than 830,000 barrels of oil from Canadian and oil from the Dakotas, Montana, and Oklahoma to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast.  Domestic oil from Montana’s Bakken Shale will enter the pipeline through the Bakken Marketlink Project in Baker, MT.

Over the past five years, the State Department has conducted extensive analyses that conclude there are no major issues to prohibit the approval of the project.

Keystone XL will generate more than 42,000 jobs during construction.  In the longer-term, the pipeline would generate thousands of new jobs to operate and maintain the pipeline and refine the oil -- which will in turn, induce more jobs to supply these operations with equipment, supplies and services. In addition to jobs, Keystone XL will generate millions in property tax revenue and economic activity.

Pipelines are already the safest way to transport oil, with a 99.999% safety rating.  With the technological advancements in construction and monitoring, and 59 additional safety measures that go above and beyond current government safety requirements, the State Department declared that Keystone XL would “have a degree of safety over any other typically constructed domestic oil pipeline system under current code.”

Our nation will also gain increased energy security by obtaining our energy from a steady, reliable source that shares our nation's interest - a country that is already our number one importer of oil to the United States.

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