Western Caucus Members Listen to Local Communities Harmed By Keystone XL Pipeline Decision

Johnson (R-SD), Armstrong (R-ND), and Newhouse (R-WA) hear directly from individuals and business owners affected by Biden’s Executive Order

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Washington, D.C., February 10, 2021 | Elizabeth Daniels (202-280-8720) | comments
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, Western Caucus Member Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-SD) hosted a roundtable in Philip, South Dakota alongside Chairman Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) to discuss the disastrous impacts of President Biden’s Executive Order to terminate the Keystone XL Pipeline.

The lawmakers heard directly from the individuals, small business owners, and community members who will be affected by this Executive Order, which has already killed thousands of good-paying jobs and threatens American energy security.

The Congressional Western Caucus successfully advocates on behalf of rural communities across the country. The three Members vowed to bring the stories they listened to in Philip, SD to the nation’s capital to demonstrate the real, devastating impacts the Executive Order has on not just local economies but local community spirit.

Capital Journal: “’Shattered (Pipeline) Dreams’: Keystone cancellation hurting South Dakota businesses”
“For the dozens of business owners, pipeliners, elected officials, and others assembled at Ambulance Hall in Philip, South Dakota on Monday, Biden’s cancellation of the $8 billion Keystone XL Pipeline is something of a nightmare.”

NewsCenter 1: “Rep. Dusty Johnson holds roundtable session in Philip”
“After President Joe Biden signed an executive order canceling the work permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline, small town communities like Philip are left to fill a hole in their local economies… But their stories won’t go untold. Johnson says he has plans of taking their stories to Washington, the stories that show human and economic loss.”

SDPB Radio: “Philip Residents Not Ready to Give Up on KXL Pipeline”
“Some local businesses already invested money in new equipment, facilities, or materials, anticipating a boost from pipeline construction. Rita O’Connell, of O’Connell Construction, said her company invested $100,000 to produce base-course materials for the pipeline.”

Rapid City Journal: “Haakon County residents say Keystone XL cancellation devastates community”
“Tricia Burns, co-owner of Ignite Wellness Studio in Philip, said the membership at her fitness gym grew exponentially as work crews moved to the area… Now that the pipeline’s permit has been revoked, Burns said all of those people have left.”

ICYMI: Armstrong Bill Would Authorize Construction & Operation of the Keystone XL Pipeline

Rep. Armstrong introduced the Keystone XL Pipeline Construction and Jobs Preservation Act to counteract President Biden’s attack on the energy industry, authorize the construction and operation of the Pipeline, and eliminate the need for a Presidential permit. The bill has garnered strong support from over 100 Members in the House of Representatives and from thousands of union and industry workers across the country.

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