Skip to main content

Keystone Pipeline XL

The United States and Canada enjoy the largest trading partnership across the longest peaceful border in the world. Getting more North American energy from our neighbor and ally would reduce U.S. reliance on energy resources from less stable regions, create American jobs, increase domestic energy supplies and strengthen national security. The Keystone XL pipeline expansion would provide a significant boost to U.S. energy security, bringing more than 800,000 barrels of oil per day to U.S. refineries – from Canada and the U.S. Bakken region. Crude imports from Canada could reach 4 million barrels a day by 2030, about twice what we currently import from the Persian Gulf.

Approval of the full Keystone XL pipeline, now in its sixth year of review, also could support 42,000 jobs and put $2 billion in workers’ pockets during its construction. According to a 2011 CERI study, full development of the oil sands could support more than 500,000 additional jobs in the U.S. by 2035.

The U.S. government's own environmental review indicates that the Keystone XL pipeline would "have a degree of safety over any other," offering a safe, practical way to bring not just more Canadian oil to U.S. refineries but also domestic production from our upper plains states. This is good for consumers, good for U.S. jobs, good for energy and economic security and certainly serves our national interest.

Majority of American voters believe ongoing KXL delay hurts US energy security and economy (September 17, 2015)

WASHINGTON, September 17, 2015 ─ A majority of U.S. voters of all political persuasions agreed that the years of Keystone XL delay have hurt our energy security and economy, according to a new poll conducted for API by Harris Poll. API Downstream Operations Senior Manager, Refining and Oil Sands Cindy Schild outlined the poll results for reporters this morning. Read More »

See poll results:

Energy Tomorrow Blog - Coming Clean: The President and ‘Dirty’ Keystone XL Oil (March 9, 2015)

Apparently not content with the four Pinocchios he recently earned from the Washington Post for statements on the Keystone XL pipeline, President Obama last week put in a bid for five with remarks aimed at the project’s environmental impact. Read More »

Battle to build Keystone XL is far from over (March 4, 2015)

WASHINGTON, March 4, 2015 – API President and CEO Jack Gerard said today’s Senate vote to override the president’s veto of Keystone XL proves Washington is trying to work for the people. Read More »

Energy Tomorrow Blog - The Science of Keystone XL (January 15, 2015)

The Keystone XL legislation under Senate consideration will be one of the most bipartisan bills to reach the president’s desk in years. After five positive environmental assessments through six years of exhaustive review, plus his own repeated calls for infrastructure investment, President Obama has no justification to veto the middle class jobs and energy security advances Keystone XL will deliver, and last week the Nebraska Supreme Court removed the last remaining excuse. It’s well past time for the government to stop delaying a process that should have taken 18 to 24 months and let the market work.”

Next the Senate will work, with debate expected over the next several days. We hope for a “clean” pro-Keystone XL bill for the president to consider. A number amendments to the legislation may be proposed, but the best course is to send a strong, bipartisan bill to the president’s desk. See more »

Jack Gerard's remarks at press briefing teleconference on Keystone XL (December 5, 2014)

"Six years of review and five positive environmental assessments from the State Department are enough. We are calling on President Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. There is more than enough evidence to move forward immediately – without waiting for Congress to vote again in the new year when congressional support for Keystone XL will be even stronger. President Obama can end the delay today and give America’s construction workers a Christmas gift they’ve been waiting six years for." Read More »

Cindy Schild's remarks at press briefing teleconference on Keystone XL (September 16, 2014)

"This week marks six years since the initial permit application was filed for the Keystone XL pipeline. A pipeline that, by all measures, will increase our energy, national and economic security." Read More »

Letter to Secretary of State Kerry Urging Approval of Keystone XL Pipeline (July 8, 2014)

The American Petroleum Institute and a coalition of associations have signed a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry requesting that the State Department immediately complete the Keystone XL Pipeline National Interest Determination (NID) process and grant final approval on the presidential cross-border permit. See: Associations' letter to Secretary of State Kerry

U.S. Petroleum Exports and Related Issues (Updated June 6, 2013)

Letter to Secretary of State John Kerry (April 22, 2013)

Notice of Availability for EIS No. 20130056, Draft Supplement, DOS, 00, Keystone XL Project (78 Fed. Reg. 15011-15012; March 8, 2013)

Poll Shows 69 Percent of Voters Support Keystone XL Pipeline

What America is Thinking on Energy Issues - 69 percent of voters support Keystone XL pipeline (API News Release)

Keystone XL Pipeline Harris Interactive Poll (February 2013)

Jack Gerard's speaks at press briefing teleconference on Keystone XL (Feb. 13, 2013)

Remarks by Jack Gerard (as prepared for delivery) API Comments to Secretary of State Clinton regarding Supplemental Enviromental Impact Statement (SEIS)

Letter from Jack Gerard to Secretary Clinton

Marty Durbin speaks at press briefing teleconference on Keystone XL

Remarks by Marty Durbin (as prepared for delivery)
May 8, 2012

Keystone XL Coalition Letter to Conferees
Size: 250 KB | May 8, 2012

There are no more excuses for the President not to approve the Keystone XL pipeline

Keystone XL: New Corridor Proposal
Size: 257 KB | Date: April 18, 2012

API: No more excuses White House should approve Keystone XL (API News Release)

Jack Gerard speaks at press briefing teleconference regarding the Obama administration's decision on Keystone XL

Remarks by Jack Gerard (as prepared for delivery)
Size: 263 KB | Date: January 18, 2012

Jack Gerard delivers speech at US Energy Association's 8th annual State of the Energy Industry Forum

Remarks by Jack Gerard (as prepared for delivery)
Size: 300 KB | Date: January 18, 2012

Other resources regarding the Obama administration's Keystone XL decision

See reactions to the decision on Twitter

Learn more about the Keystone XL project by reviewing the documents below:

KXL Trades Letter to President Obama

Keystone XL and Canadian Oil

For more information or see how you can get involved, go to or