S.1932 - A bill to require the Secretary of State to act on a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.
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Mr. LUGAR (for himself, Mr. HOEVEN, Mr. VITTER, Ms. MURKOWSKI, Mr. MCCONNELL, Mr. JOHANNS, Mr. ROBERTS, Mr. BARRASSO, Mr. COATS, Mr. RUBIO, Mr. ISAKSON, Mr. CORNYN, Mr. WICKER, Mr. INHOFE, Mr. MORAN, Mr. THUNE, Mr. JOHNSON of Wisconsin, Mr. CRAPO, Mr. GRAHAM, Mr. BLUNT, Mr. SESSIONS, Mr. ENZI, Mr. ALEXANDER, Mrs. HUTCHISON, Mr. RISCH, Mr. CHAMBLISS, Mr. KIRK, Mr. PORTMAN, Mr. BURR, Mr. SHELBY, Mr. LEE, Mr. BOOZMAN, Mr. COBURN, Mr. COCHRAN, Mr. GRASSLEY, Mr. HELLER, Mr. CORKER, Mr. TOOMEY, and Ms. AYOTTE) introduced the following bill; which was read the first timeCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
(1) United States overdependence on oil imports from hostile or unstable regions damages United States national security, endangers the economy of the United States, puts the lives of military and civilian personnel at risk, and ensures that access to oil imports comes at tremendous taxpayer expense;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) the United States imports more than half of the oil it consumes, much of it from countries that do not have the level of environmental standards of Canada and the United States and that are hostile to United States interests or that have political and economic instability that compromises supply security;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) while a significant portion of the United States’ oil imports are derived from allies such as Canada and Mexico, the United States remains vulnerable to substantial supply disruptions created by geopolitical tumult in major oil-producing nations;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) strong increases in oil consumption in the developing world outpace growth in oil supplies, bringing tight market conditions and higher oil prices in periods of global economic expansion or when supplies are threatened;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) the development and delivery of oil from Canada to the United States is in the national interest of the United States by helping to secure reliable oil supplies to meet demand that is otherwise projected to be met by increases in imports from less secure and reliable suppliers;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(7) continued development of North American energy resources, including Canadian oil, increases the access of domestic refiners to stable and reliable sources of crude oil and improves the certainty of fuel supply for the Department of Defense, the largest consumer of petroleum in the United States;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) increased Canadian oil exports to China would result in increased crude oil imports to the United States from less secure and reliable foreign sources, many of which do not have the level of environmental standards of Canada and the United States;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(10) increased Canadian crude oil imports into the United States correspondingly reduces the scale of wealth transfers to other more distant foreign sources resulting from the greater cost of transporting crude oil from those sources;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(11) not only are United States companies major investors in Canadian oil sands, but many United States businesses throughout the United States benefit from supplying goods and services required for ongoing Canadian oil sands operations and expansion;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(12) there has been more than 3 years of consideration and a coordinated review by more than a dozen Federal agencies of the technical aspects and of the environmental, social, and economic impacts of the proposed pipeline project known as the Keystone XL from Hardisty, Alberta, to Steele City, Nebraska, and then on to the United States Gulf Coast through Cushing, Oklahoma;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(13) the Keystone XL pipeline represents a high capacity pipeline supply option that could meet near, as well as long-term, market demand for crude oil to United States refineries, and could also potentially bring over 100,000 barrels per day of United States Bakken crude oil to market;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(16) the earliest possible construction of the Keystone XL pipeline will increase the quantity of proven and potential reserves of Canadian oil available for United States use and increase United States jobs and will, as a result, serve the national interest;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(18) as a result of the extensive governmental studies already made with respect to the Keystone XL project and the national interest in early delivery of Canadian oil to United States markets, a decision with respect to a Presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline should be promptly issued without further administrative delay or impediment.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. PERMIT FOR KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE.
(a) In General- Except as provided in subsection (b), not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the President, acting through the Secretary of State, shall grant a permit under Executive Order 13337 (
(1) IN GENERAL- The President shall not be required to grant the permit under subsection (a) if the President determines that the Keystone XL pipeline would not serve the national interest.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) REPORT- If the President determines that the Keystone XL pipeline is not in the national interest under paragraph (1), the President shall, not later than 15 days after the date of the determination, submit to the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate, the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives, the majority leader of the Senate, the minority leader of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the minority leader of the House of Representatives a report that provides a justification for determination, including consideration of economic, employment, energy security, foreign policy, trade, and environmental factors.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) EFFECT OF NO FINDING OR ACTION- If a determination is not made under paragraph (1) and no action is taken by the President under subsection (a) not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline described in subsection (a) that meets the requirements of subsections (c) and (d) shall be in effect by operation of law.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) The permittee shall comply with all applicable Federal and State laws (including regulations) and all applicable industrial codes regarding the construction, connection, operation, and maintenance of the United States facilities.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) The permittee shall take all appropriate measures to prevent or mitigate any adverse environmental impact or disruption of historic properties in connection with the construction, operation, and maintenance of the United States facilities.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) the final environmental impact statement issued by the Secretary of State on August 26, 2011, satisfies all requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (
(B) any modification required by the Secretary of State to the Plan described in paragraph (5)(A) shall not require supplementation of the final environmental impact statement described in that paragraph; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) The construction, operation, and maintenance of the facilities shall be in all material respects similar to that described in the application described in subsection (a) and--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) in accordance with the construction, mitigation, and reclamation measures agreed to by the permittee in the Construction Mitigation and Reclamation Plan found in appendix B of the final environmental impact statement issued by the Secretary of State on August 26, 2011, subject to the modification described in subsection (d);CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) the special conditions agreed to between the permittee and the Administrator of the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration of the Department of Transportation found in appendix U of the final environmental impact statement described in subparagraph (A);CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(C) if the modified route submitted by the Governor of Nebraska under subsection (d)(3)(B) crosses the Sand Hills region, the measures agreed to by the permittee for the Sand Hills region found in appendix H of the final environmental impact statement described in subparagraph (A); andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) a review period during which routing within the State of Nebraska may be reconsidered and the route of the Keystone XL pipeline through the State altered with any accompanying modification to the Plan described in subsection (c)(5)(A); andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) to coordinate review with the State of Nebraska and provide any necessary data and reasonable technical assistance material to the review process required under this subsection; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(e) Effect of No Approval- If the President does not approve the route within the State of Nebraska submitted by the Governor of Nebraska under subsection (d)(3)(B) not later than 10 days after the date of submission, the route submitted by the Governor of Nebraska under subsection (d)(3)(B) shall be considered approved, pursuant to the terms of the permit described in subsection (a) that meets the requirements of subsection (c) and this subsection, by operation of law.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink