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AG Derek Schmidt urges reconsideration of Keystone XL cancellation

Release Date: Feb 09, 2021

TOPEKA – (February 9, 2021) –Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today asked President Joe Biden to reconsider his unilateral decision to revoke the permit for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Schmidt joined with attorneys general from 13 other states in sending a letter to the president to express their concern about Biden’s decision on his first day in office to issue an executive order canceling the project. The attorneys general said that pipeline, once completed, would bring oil and natural gas supplies to market and maintain the hard-fought efforts by the United States to reduce the demand for energy from the Middle East.

“You have expressed a commitment to unite the nation,” the attorneys general wrote. “If that is to be more than empty rhetoric, you must fully consider and account for the alarming effects your actions have on states, local communities, families, and workers.”

The attorneys general said halting the pipeline threatens states and local communities that anticipated jobs and tax revenue related to the project and its ongoing operations. They said Biden’s “unilateral action” set a precedent creating risk for other permits and projects that affect all of their states.

“It is not too much to ask that the President give due consideration to the destructive consequences his decisions impose on our—and his—constituents,” they wrote. “We are therefore deeply concerned that your unilateral approach, which failed to consider costs and reliance interests, sets a dangerous precedent for other permits and projects that affect all our states.”

The attorneys general also stated that they are reviewing legal options to protect their residents and sovereign interests.

A copy of the letter can be found at https://bit.ly/36ZZ48h.

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