Louisiana lawmakers disapprove halting Keystone XL pipeline


Louisiana, (KTAL/KLFY) – Some Louisiana lawmakers are criticizing executive orders signed by President Joe Biden Wednesday, including an order revoking the presidential permit granted to the contentious Keystone XL oil pipeline during the Trump administration.

The 1,700-mile pipeline was planned to carry roughly 800,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta to the Texas Gulf Coast, passing through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma.

“I’m going to combat climate change in a way that we haven’t done so far,” President Biden said of signing the order.

But U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy and Rep. Clay Higgins were among those who spoke up Wednesday in response to the move.

Sen. Cassidy said it was “killing a project in which thousands are employed,” and the congressman said President Biden’s decision will “further injure the economy.”

Mike Moncla, Interim Director of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association, an industry lobbying group, said the Keystone pipeline does not bring harm to the Louisiana oil and gas industry.

“It doesn’t affect Louisiana, because it’s not where we are geographically, but it could help us on the price of oil.”

Moncla said while it doesn’t harm Louisiana’s gas and oil industry, cancelling the pipeline will cause thousands of workers to lose their jobs.

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