Congressman Lee Terry says he agrees with President Obama’s energy message in the State of the Union address; that America needs to develop all energy sources.
“Now, last week, he killed the pipeline,” Terry says. “So, this week he’s talking about ‘an all of the above’ approach. Once again, his actions are opposite of what he’s telling us.”
Terry vows to continue the fight to win approval for the Keystone XL pipeline. The $7 billion project took a blow when President Obama followed a suggestion by the State Department and turned down TransCanada’s request to build a 1,700 mile oil pipeline stretching from western Canada to refineries at the Gulf Coast in Texas.
How that action affects Nebraska’s efforts to help TransCanada find an alternative route for Keystone, that avoids the Sand Hills, has not been clarified, according to Terry.
“So, no, I have no idea what to tell the governor or our state legislature,” Terry says.
The Nebraska legislature, meeting in special session late last year, reached an agreement with TransCanada to move the proposed route of the pipeline so that it won’t travel through the Sand Hills. The state is paying for a supplemental environmental impact study on a potential new route. The alternative would have to meet the approval of the governor, under legislation approved in special session.
Terry sponsors legislation to give the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authority over the Keystone XL permit, rather than with the president. Hearings are being held today in Washington on the proposed legislation.
AUDIO: Congressman Lee Terry on future of Keystone XL pipeline [2:00]