Resident distressed by impacts of mine and pipeline, calls on Obama to reverse decision
An Oklahoma mine owner who’s opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline hopes President Barack Obama will reverse his decision to approve the project by sending it back to the U.S.
James Andrews, vice president of the American Petroleum Institute (API), posted a letter Thursday on his organization’s website urging the Obama administration to reverse its decision and allow the project to move forward.
A pipeline would traverse western Canada to bring tar sands oil from the deep western U.S. to Gulf refineries.
He said if the federal government was going to approve the $8.8 billion project, he’s worried that it might jeopardize local communities.
“I think it would be very important for President Obama to reconsider, if we need the American people to reconsider on this pipeline,” Andrews said.
“If you want to support this cause on land that’s already being affected by that pipeline — and that’s certainly the case in areas near our shores — I think it would be very, very significant.
“I know that when people from communities on or near the North American border, they get an opportunity to vote for the candidate and have an official that reflects their views and views reflect those views.”
In a previous interview with an environmental group, Andrews told The Associated Press that he would support Obama’s decision “if it had to do with jobs and a lot of other things that really need to be thought about.”
The pipeline’s opponents believe that it would put thousands of workers at risk and the project is not likely to create significant new jobs, since oil prices are hovering around $80 a barrel.
They have warned that the move could lead to economic retaliation by U.S. allies.
“We’re still worried about these oil companies taking away our money,” said Matthew Kroer, spokesman for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.
“We’ve got to have some other way of managing this in order to protect jobs. It’s the reason we’re putting up with these jobs from the tar sands of Canada to the Gulf ports. I’m concerned this pipeline could threaten jobs as well.”
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