Congressman John Barrow

Representing the 12th District of GEORGIA

Barrow Legislation Expedites Keystone XL Pipeline

May 22, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON - U.S. Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act, bipartisan legislation he co-sponsored with Congressman Lee Terry (R-Neb.) to expedite approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline.  The legislation passed in the House by a vote of 241-175.

The Keystone XL pipeline is a $7 billion jobs and energy infrastructure project that has been tied up in regulatory review for over four years. Earlier this year, the State Department released its draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS), which found that the pipeline, including the revised Nebraska route, would have limited adverse environmental impacts. This review follows the State Department's initial analysis that lasted for more than three years and found the pipeline to be environmentally sound.

Congressman Barrow has long supported construction of the pipeline.  In May 2012, Congressman Barrow authored, and the House passed, a Motion to Instruct conferees on the Transportation and Infrastructure Reauthorization Bill. The motion insisted upon approval of the pipeline and passed the House with a bipartisan vote of 261 to 152. To view more on the Motion to Instruct, included a video of the floor debate, please click here.