FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 2, 2011
Contacts: Eddie Scher (415) 815-7027
Congress Considers Bills to Short Circuit Environmental Review of Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Proposal
Washington, D.C. The U.S. House and Senate GOP are each pushing bills that would stop the U.S. State Department's reevaluation of the environmental and public health impacts of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline in an attempt to expedite construction of the project. GOP leaders are considering adding the legislation as a rider to the payroll tax bill, the last bill that Congress is likely to vote on before the winter recess.
In response, Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club, issued the following statement:
"Big Oil expects this special treatment from their friends in Congress, who are now trying to rush a decision on Keystone XL, despite the Administration's decision that this project needs more review to protect the health and safety of millions of Americans. It's time for Congress to stop doing the bidding of the world's largest polluters and stand up for real energy solutions. The Sierra Club is strongly opposed to any legislative effort to rush a decision on Keystone XL."