Rounds Statement on TransCanada Request to Stop Presidential Permit Application Process of Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today issued the following statement regarding TransCanada’s request that the U.S. government suspend its Keystone XL presidential permit application: 

“TransCanada’s decision to ask for a suspension in the permit application process comes after seven years of delays by the Obama Administration, despite overwhelming support from the American people. Additionally, numerous environmental impact statements have found the pipeline will have no negative effect on the environment. The Keystone XL pipeline is a shovel-ready project that will bring reliable, affordable sources of energy to the U.S., create jobs and free up rail space for South Dakota agricultural products. Despite this temporary setback, I will continue to work to move this project across the finish line so our state and nation can reap its many benefits.”