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Congressman Stephen Fincher

Representing the 8th District of TENNESSEE

Fincher Expresses Disappointment in Keystone Pipeline Decision

Jan 18, 2012
Press Release

Fincher Expresses Disappointment in Keystone Pipeline Decision

President Obama announced today he will not go forward on job-creating project.

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Stephen Fincher (R-Frog Jump), expressed disappointment in President Obama’s decision to block the construction of the Keystone Pipeline.

Congressman Fincher said, “The Keystone XL Pipeline will quickly provide jobs for thousands of Americans. TransCanada, the company behind the Keystone XL Pipeline, says that Keystone XL is shovel-ready. We need jobs now. I cannot understand why President Obama is not taking this vital step to put thousands of Americans back to work.”

Congressman Fincher continued, “TransCanada is ready to put 13,000 Americans to work to construct the pipeline - pipefitters, welders, mechanics, electricians, heavy equipment operators, among other jobs - in addition to 7,000 manufacturing jobs that would be created across the United States.  Additionally, local businesses along the pipeline route will benefit from the 118,000 spin-off jobs Keystone XL will create through increased business for local goods and service providers.” 

The Keystone XL Pipeline would link Canada’s oil sands to U.S. refineries on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. The 2,673-kilometer (1,661-mile) pipeline would begin in Alberta, and cross Saskatchewan, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, and eventually end in Texas.