American Indian Congressman Statement on Environmental Study of Keystone XL Pipeline


Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R - Oklahoma)

Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R – Oklahoma)

MUSKOGEE – Congressman Markwayne Mullin, who represents Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District, Friday, January 31, 2014,  issued the following statement on the final environmental study issued by the U.S. State Department on the Keystone XL Pipeline.

The State Department issued a final report that is good news for the Keystone XL Pipeline and confirms the pipeline project poses little environmental risk.

“The President is running out of excuses to delay approving the northern leg of this project that would bring good jobs to America. For over five years the Administration has delayed and stalled this major private-sector investment in our economy, in job creation and in reducing our dependency on foreign oil. Enough is enough. I continue to call on the President to permit the northern leg of the Keystone Pipeline.”

 Congressman Mullin is a tribal citizen of the Cherokee Nation, based in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. His district includes the city of Tulsa. The other member of the current Congress who is American Indian is Tom Cole, R – Oklahoma, who is a tribal citizen of the Chickasaw Nation.

As an American Indian, Congressman Mullin’s Keystone XL Pipeline position is in direct opposition to many tribal members, who feel the pipeline puts their water supplies in danger in the event of a oil spill.

TransCanada’s proposed northern pipeline route is right though the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations. It will cross the Oglala Sioux Rural Water Supply System in two places.




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