The Biden/Harris Administration’s decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline has backfired on them in spectacular fashion. Fourteen State Attorney’s General are threatening legal action against the administration and even Democrat Senator and Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee Joe Mancin (D-WV) is urging Biden to reverse his job annihilating Executive Order.
Sen. Manchin expressed his concerns in a letter to the Whitehouse,
“I am writing today to express my support of responsible energy infrastructure development, including of oil and natural gas pipelines,” Manchin wrote. “Pipelines continue to be the safest mode to transport our oil and natural gas resources and they support thousands of high-paying, American union jobs. To that end, I encourage you to reconsider your decision to revoke the cross-border permit for the Keystone XL pipeline and take into account the potential impacts of any further action to safety, jobs, and energy security.”
“In the absence of access to pipelines, crude oil will continue to find its way to market through increased reliance on other modes of transport, like truck and rail, which have a higher number of reported releases of crude oil per ton-mile than pipelines,” Manchin added. “Recent analysis by the Department of Transportation shows that incidents occurred approximately once every 50 million gallons of crude oil shipped by rail and once every 55 million gallons shipped by truck, compared to once every 720 million gallons shipped by pipeline. Further, the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration noted that pipelines have a 99.999% safety record. From a safety perspective, we should be encouraging the transport of energy via our vast network of pipelines and facilitate the responsible expansion of that network.”
Attorney’s General Letter to Biden on Keystone Decision
According to the Daily Wire, “The letter from Manchin comes in addition to a letter that Biden received from the attorneys general of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, and West Virginia.” The letter was led by Montana AG Austin Knudsen,
“As the chief legal officers of our states, we write with alarm regarding your unilateral and rushed decision to revoke the 2019 Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL pipeline,” the 14 attorneys general wrote. “Your decision will result in devastating damage to many of our states and local communities. Even those states outside the path of the Keystone XL pipeline—indeed all Americans—will suffer serious, detrimental consequences.”
“In Montana for instance, killing Keystone XL will likely cost the state approximately $58 million in annual tax revenue. Montana will lose the benefits of future easements and leases, and several local counties will lose their single-biggest property taxpayer. The loss of Keystone XL’s economic activity and tax revenues are especially devastating as five of the six impacted counties are designated high-poverty areas.”
Manchin sent a recommendation, the State AG’s Sent A Threat
Montana AG Knudsen and his colleagues didn’t spare the effort to “butter-up” the Biden-Harris regime like Senator Manchin, they cut straight to the point: Reverse the order or we will protect our “sovereign interests”. As States are working toward secession and nullification of Executive Orders any talk of state sovereignty is a noteworthy move toward asserting their independence from Washington, DC and the Biden-Harris regime, believed by many Americans to be illegitimate.
“Please be aware that the states are reviewing available legal options to protect our residents and sovereign interests. In the meantime, we urge you to reconsider your decision to impose crippling economic injuries on states, communities, families, and workers across the country,” Knudsen and the attorneys general wrote.