Hoeven Statement on President Biden Rescinding Presidential Permit for Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today issued the following statement after President Biden rescinded the presidential permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline: 

“The Keystone XL pipeline has been delayed for too long, forcing the energy industry to use transportation methods that are less efficient and more costly. This pipeline is a critical infrastructure project that is already under construction, providing good jobs to Americans and helping bolster economic growth. Not only that, this pipeline will help support North America’s energy security by reducing our reliance on Middle Eastern oil. Our nation needs to build, repair and modernize our infrastructure to remain competitive, and this vital project should continue.”

In a letter sent earlier this week, Hoeven joined Senator Steve Daines and his colleagues in urging President Biden to allow construction of the pipeline to continue, highlighting how the project aligns with a number of his administration’s priorities in supporting good-paying jobs. The senator will also be joining his colleagues in introducing legislation to allow construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline to continue. 

This follows Hoeven’s efforts in the 114th Congress, where he introduced legislation to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline on constitutional grounds. The bill passed with bipartisan support in both the Senate and the House, but was then vetoed by President Obama, who had delayed the project for more than seven years. Hoeven also supported President Trump in issuing apresidential permit for the project in March 2019, enabling the pipeline’s construction to proceed.