A day after Governor Jay Nixon (D) urged U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to support the Keystone XL Pipeline project, the Republican-controlled Missouri House has lended its voice to that discussion.
The House has approved a resolution urging President Barack Obama to support the Pipeline, and the permitting for oil production off the northern coast of Alaska.
The resolution was offered by Representative Keith English (D-Florissant).
“The approval and construction of the Keystone Pipeline will strengthen our economy, create jobs and promote American energy independence,” English said in presenting the measure.
The resolution stirred in the House debate about the Pipeline and America’s energy future.
Representative Margo McNeil (D-Florrisant) said Canada could run a pipeline through its own country to a seaport, but it doesn’t want to out of fear of what could happened if the pipeline suffered a failure.
“If the pipes do erode over a period of 10, 20, 30 years,” says McNeil, it is going to be on American soil that the oil leaks and that the cleanup is required and that our farmland and possibly our water supply are damaged.”
The House voted 134-12 to send the resolution to the Senate.