Nebraska Business Community, Labor Groups Voice Support For Keystone XL

Nebraska Business Community, Labor Groups Voice Support For Keystone XL

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 4:45pm

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry has announced, in cooperation with Nebraska labor leaders, its support of TransCanada’s application to the Public Service Commission (PSC) to site and construct the Keystone XL pipeline. 


“The Nebraska Chamber supports the Keystone XL project because of the benefits it would provide to Nebraska’s working families and the state’s economy,” Chamber President Barry Kennedy said.  “With millions of dollars to be realized in new, local property tax revenue – as well as a long term, stable supply of North American energy – Keystone XL will help boost America’s energy security and provide much-needed dollars to Nebraska school districts, counties and communities.”


The proposed Keystone XL pipeline project has been exhaustively studied for more than seven years by multiple state and federal agencies, with all concluding that the project would be safe and provide Americans with a more reliable, stable source of energy.  The Nebraska PSC will review the proposed route with a decision expected within seven months. 


The proposed Keystone XL route has already been approved in Montana and South Dakota. 


“Nebraska’s working families welcome TransCanada’s new application and encourage the PSC to work quickly and transparently to approve the route and put us to work,” said Jim Waugh, president of the Omaha and Southwest Iowa Building and Construction Trades, AFL-CIO. 


According to the latest U.S. State Department study, the Keystone XL pipeline is estimated to provide nearly 9,000 direct construction jobs, along with thousands of indirect jobs during and after construction. 


“Not only will we build the safest pipeline ever, we will help ensure Americans have a more secure, safe and reliable source of energy for generations from a trusted ally,” said Terry Moore, president of the Omaha Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. 


The State Chamber has proudly served as the voice of Nebraska’s business community since 1912.