03.17.21

Daines Statement on Keystone XL Pipeline Lawsuit

U.S. SENATE —U.S. Senator Steve Daines issued the below statement regarding Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen’s announcement to pursue legal action against the Biden administration for revoking the permit for construction on the Keystone XL pipeline. 

“President Biden decided to ignore science, ignore our rural communities and instead side with environmental activists and shut down construction on the Keystone XL pipeline,” Daines stated. “This Day One action has already cost hardworking Americans their jobs and will cause Montana to lose out on over $60 million in tax revenue. I’m glad to stand with Attorney General Knudsen in support of the Keystone XL pipeline and thankful for his leadership to protect Montana communities and jobs.”

Daines introduced legislation to congressionally authorize the Keystone XL pipeline after President Biden’s decision to revoke the cross-border operation permit.

Daines led a legislative effort to authorize the Keystone XL pipeline through the $1.9 trillion package. Every Senate Democrat voted against the amendment.

Last month, Daines introduced an amendment to support the Keystone XL pipeline that initially passed the Senate but was later stripped out of the final text after Democrats flipped their votes of support.

Background:

The Keystone XL project has undergone extensive environmental review and is the safest and most environmentally friendly way to transport oil. 

Several Montana stakeholders, including Carter County Commissioners, Southeastern Montana Development Corporation and the Montana Electric Cooperatives’ Association have sent statements supporting the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Read HERE.

On January 19th, Senator Daines led several western senators in sending a letter highlighting the importance of the Keystone XL pipeline and urging President Biden to reconsider his decision to halt construction.