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API Commends Nebraska Supreme Court Decision Re-Affirming Keystone XL Pipeline Route

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LINCOLN, August 23, 2019—Today, the American Petroleum Institute (API) released a statement regarding the Nebraska Supreme Court’s decision to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline’s planned route through Nebraska.

“API commends the decision of the Nebraska Supreme Court to support the Nebraska Public Service Commission’s previous approval for the Keystone XL pipeline route through Nebraska,” said API’s Vice President of Midstream and Industry Operations Robin Rorick. “The Keystone XL Pipeline has gone through ten years of extensive environmental review under both the Obama and Trump administrations, and will create thousands of high-paying jobs, add millions of dollars to our economy, and help provide reliable and affordable energy to U.S. consumers throughout the country. We’re hopeful that this decision will be the push needed to finally get this important energy project completed.”

Multiple federal and state agencies have conducted numerous environmental reviews of the project since 2008, all of which have concluded that constructing KXL is in the national interest and does not pose significant environmental impacts. In addition, the project was approved by Congress in 2015 and the Nebraska Public Service Commission in 2017.

API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the natural gas and oil industry, which supports 10.3 million U.S. jobs and nearly 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 600 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 47 million Americans. API was formed in 1919 as a standards-setting organization. In its first 100 years, API has developed more than 700 standards to enhance operational and environmental safety, efficiency and sustainability.