America’s Building Trades Unions Applaud Presidential Initiative to Expedite Construction of Southern Portion of Keystone Pipeline
Mark H. Ayers, President of the Building and Construction Trades Department, issued the following statement today regarding President Obama’s trip to Cushing, Oklahoma:
“America’s Building Trades Unions today offers its collective appreciation to President Obama for his decision today to instruct appropriate federal agencies to conduct an expedited review of the Cushing, OK to Port Arthur, TX portion of the Keystone XL pipeline, as well as other important domestic pipeline infrastructure projects.
The President’s action today is an acknowledgement that a bottleneck currently exists in Cushing, Oklahoma. Due to advances in drilling technology that now enable us to tap new oil deposits across America, we are now producing more oil, and that increased output is simply overwhelming the capacity of our existing pipeline infrastructure to deliver that oil to our refineries.
With an unemployment rate in the U.S. construction industry that continues to hover above 17 percent, America’s Building Trades Unions will continue to work with the President, the U.S. Congress, and with key industry leaders to stimulate even greater domestic energy development, as well as final approval for the entire Keystone XL route; all of which will lead to future work opportunities for American skilled craft professionals.”
The Building and Construction Trades Department is an alliance of 13 national and international unions that collectively represent over 2 million skilled craft professionals in the United States and Canada