’ve overseen thousands of hazardous material shipments by pipe, rail, train, truck and barge across the country as the former administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

By design, the PHMSA review process is deliberately thorough. It is transparent. And it is a proven process with a clear beginning and ending point. A PHMSA review is also typically free from the kind of political distractions that have overshadowed the Keystone XL permit consideration.

There are many reasons why the pipeline should be approved. For starters, approval of Keystone would allow the U.S. to increase its natural gas exports to Europe in order to undercut any attempt by Russian President Vladimir Putin to cut off energy supplies to Ukraine and other European customers.


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