WASHINGTON, April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) President Charles T. Drevnatestified before the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources to lend industry support for H.R. 3, the "Northern Route Approval Act" or NoRA. In his testimony, Drevna said:
"The benefits of the Keystone XL pipeline are great. They were clear four years ago, and today they remain just as strong and convincing. Permitting construction of Keystone XL will provide significant job growth, strengthen our energy security by reducing our nation's reliance on oil from unstable nations, increase local, state and federal tax revenues, and improve the economy, while having no significant impact on the environment."
The NoRA Act would eliminate a requirement that the pipeline receive a presidential permit and clear any remaining roadblocks for approval to begin construction. The Keystone XL pipeline has been extensively studied and reviewed since 2008 and has found to have no significant environmental impacts.
Drevna continued: "AFPM strongly urges approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. It is a project carrying all benefits, and no harm to our nation. Allowing the Keystone XL pipeline to be built will mean that one day we may not have to care if the ships leaving the Straits of Hormuz take a left or right turn."
AFPM, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers is a trade association representing high-tech American manufacturers of virtually the entire U.S. supply of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, other fuels and home heating oil, as well as the petrochemicals used as building blocks for thousands of vital products in daily life. AFPM members make modern life possible and keep America moving and growing as they meet the needs of our nation and local communities, strengthen economic and national security, and support 2 million American jobs.