ST. LOUIS — Four Illinois congressional representatives, including U.S. Reps. Mike Bost and Mary Miller, are urging President Joe Biden to reconsider his revocation of the permit for the long-disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline.
The 1,700-mile pipeline was planned to carry roughly 800,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta to the Texas Gulf Coast, passing through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma.
In a joint statement on Thursday, Bost, a Republican from Murphysboro who represents Illinois 12th District, and U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis accused Biden of opting to “fulfill a campaign promise to left-wing environmental activists instead of supporting the American labor community and energy workers in a struggling economy.”
“Pipelines are a safe and efficient way to transport energy, and they create good-paying jobs for communities we represent at refineries like those in Wood River," they said.
U.S. Reps. Mary Miller and Darin LaHood released a similar statement Friday.
In the statement, Miller, a Republican who represents Illinois' 15th District, and LaHood called the decision bad for the nation's economic recovery, energy security and U.S.-Canada relations.
“We urge President Biden to abandon this decision and take a more measured, all-of-the-above energy approach to meet our nation’s energy needs," the Miller/LaHood statement reads.
Davis represents Illinois' 13th Congressional District and LaHood represents the 18th District. Their criticism mirrors that of other Republican lawmakers who have sharply criticized Biden for stopping the project.
The $3.8 billion pipeline crosses beneath the Missouri River, just north of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe sent Biden a letter this week requesting that he instruct the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stop the pipeline from operating.
The Sioux are among American Indian tribes, or First Nations, who have pressed the U.S. federal government to block Keystone XL as well as the Dakota Access Pipeline, which runs from the Bakken formation in North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to an oil terminal near Patoka, Illinois.
— The Southern staff contributed.