Shaheen Statement on Keystone XL Pipeline Decision

November 06, 2015

(Washington, DC) U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement after the announcement by the Obama Administration that it has rejected TransCanada’s Presidential Permit application for the Keystone XL Pipeline.

“Major energy infrastructure projects deserve the comprehensive environmental and safety review process that the Keystone XL pipeline has received. I voted to reject attempts in the Senate to bypass this important review and force immediate approval of this project because doing so would have set a dangerous precedent for similar projects in New Hampshire. I had – and continue to have - serious concerns about the environmental impacts of developing projects like Keystone XL that would transport tar sands oil, which emit even more carbon dioxide than traditional oil. We need a smart and thoughtful energy policy that creates jobs while also addressing the negative impacts of climate change.”