Governor Mike Pence urged President Obama on Monday to approve the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada.
The State Department last week announced its decision to indefinitely extend its review of the project, a more than 1,000 mile crude oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. The Obama administration cited a Nebraska court case that could reroute the pipeline in its decision to delay.
Pence sent a letter to the president, urging him to approve what he calls a “significant project” that will have an “important impact” to Indiana.
“It has broad bipartisan support in the Congress of the United States,” he says. “It’s going to mean jobs in this country and it’s going to add to an energy infrastructure that will continue to contribute to our energy independence.”
Although Keystone doesn’t go through Indiana, Pence says the project will provide an economic boost for the state, whose manufacturing industry builds large truck engines, pipe controls and other products that will be used both in construction and operation of the pipeline.