Congressman Jim Matheson released the following statement after learning that the President will reject the permit application from a Canadian firm for construction of an oil pipeline to transport crude oil from Canada to the United States. Matheson supported legislation extending the payroll tax cut for two months which also included a requirement that the Administration again consider moving forward with the pipeline permit.
вЂњAs I said before, families in this country want elected officials to address the jobs crisis and restore economic growth. This project is estimated to create thousands of high-paying jobs and will provide access to an affordable, secure source of energy. The U.S. now relies on crude oil pipelines nationwide to move 71 percent of its oil and petroleum products.В The Obama AdministrationвЂ™s review of the project concludes that it presents no significant environmental impacts. This delay is just playing politics with American jobs and American energy security,вЂќ said Matheson.