Illinois Reps. Shimkus and Davis Renew Push For Keystone Pipeline

WOOD RIVER, IL (KMOX) – Two Illinois congressmen are renewing their support for the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Reps. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, and Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, met at the Wood River Refinery Friday and Davis called on President Obama to sign the permit for the project to begin.

“The President’s inaction for so long on this project has forced us to pass a bill to tell him to do what he should already do,” he said.

House members voted last week in support of beginning the project to build an oil pipeline, bringing Canadian crude oil through the Midwest. Shimkus says he would rather see Canada as an energy partner than ship in oil from overseas.

“It pushes out the Arabian crude. It pushed out Venezuelan crude. It’s the same type of sort of heavy crude that we’re now importing from overseas,” he said.

Shimkus says Canada is growing impatient with the U.S. government and warns Canada will begin selling its oil to China if the U.S. does not take advantage of it.


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