Governor Mike Pence is urging President Barack Obama to approve the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline. A final decision on the project has been put on hold. Pence has written a letter to the President saying Indiana's economy will benefit, even though the state is not part of the pipeline route. You can view the letter by clicking here here.
Opponents cite environmental concerns about the project.
The Nebraska Supreme Court is expected to hear a case this year challenging a law giving that state's governor authority to choose the pipeline route.
Opponents are concerned about the potential impact on the Sandhills region of Nebraska and an aquifer that serves as a main drinking water source in that state.April 21, 2014
Indianapolis—In a letter to President Obama, Governor Mike Pence urges the President to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. The Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement issued by the U.S. Department of Sate in January 2014 estimated that during construction the Keystone XL project will support 42,100 jobs and $2 billion in earnings throughout the United States. Last Friday, the White House announced that President Obama was putting his final decision on hold until a time to be determined.
“Though Indiana is not part of the pipeline route, Indiana still stands to benefit economically from the pipeline, especially our manufacturing industry,” said Governor Pence. “Indiana companies build engines for large trucks, pump controls, and other products that will be used during the construction and operation of the pipeline, meaning increased jobs and economic activity in Indiana.”Source: Office of The Indiana Governor