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Engel Statement on Keystone Pipeline Oil Leak

Engel Statement on Keystone Pipeline Oil Leak

WASHINGTON D.C.— Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a top member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Keystone pipeline oil leak:

“Four days before the Nebraska Public Service Commission is scheduled to decide on the Keystone XL pipeline, the original Keystone leaked at least 210,000 gallons of oil into grass and agricultural fields in South Dakota. 

“This is exactly what opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline have long feared. Is it any wonder why folks who live near the pipeline are concerned about its possible effects to their water supply? 

“I implore the Public Service Commission in Nebraska to deny TransCanada’s permit to complete construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

“Today’s leak is a powerful reminder of why environmental protection matters, and that we must promote clean energy if we are serious about combating climate change and preventing future disasters.”