ATA applauds positive environmental review of pipeline

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The American Trucking Associations on Monday, Aug. 29, praised the release of the final environmental impact statement by the State Department that found the Keystone XL pipeline project would have limited negative impacts on the environment.

“We believe that the Keystone XL project, which will bring 700,000 barrels of oil to U.S. refineries, will reduce fuel costs for carriers and consumers, create thousands of new jobs and provide a much needed boost to the economy,” says Bill Graves, ATA president and chief executive officer.

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would carry crude oil from Canada’s vast deposits of oil sands to refineries in the United States.

“The State Department’s positive environmental impact statement clears the way for the Obama administration to approve the Keystone XL project, which we urge them to do as quickly as possible,” Graves says. “In addition to lowering fuel costs, the project will generate billions in economic growth and jobs and improve U.S. energy security by reducing our dependence on Middle Eastern oil.”