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White House Blocks Keystone XL Pipeline Construction

The Obama administration's decision to block construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline is already drawing a political backlash from Houston.


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Mayor Annise Parker expressed disappointment at the White House denial of a permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline. The pipeline was designed to transport crude oil from Alberta, Canada to Houston and Port Arthur.

“I think that’s going to have an unfortunate impact down here. We need to be building jobs, not killing jobs.”

Democrat Gene Green represents a Houston congressional district with five refineries. Green says the refineries were looking to Keystone as a stable supply of fuel and that two had already retooled their facilities to process heavy crude from the Alberta tar sands.

“We use almost a million barrels a day in our five refineries just in the Houston area, and the pipeline would start at about 750,000 barrels a day, so it would help a great deal.”

Houston Republican Congressman Kevin Brady released a statement condemning the White House decision. He said it made no sense either economically or in terms of energy security.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media's business reporter, covering the oil...

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