OKLAHOMA CITY (Legal Newsline) – Oklahoma Attorney General
Scott Pruitt announced that his state has joined with five other states in
filing an amicus brief supporting TransCanada’s federal lawsuit that claims the
president overstepped constitutional boundaries in blocking the construction of
the Keystone XL Pipeline.
“States like Oklahoma, which the Keystone XL Pipeline runs
through, want this project completed,” Pruitt said. “Oklahoma’s economy has
already been boosted by the creation of good-paying jobs, and the project will
continue to create jobs throughout the rest of the country. Congress has the
sole authority to approve the project, and they have already done so.”
The brief argues that the authority to approve the pipeline
lies with Congress and not the president. It is supported by every state the
pipeline would pass through – Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma
“In this case, the states’ interest and the national
interest is in promoting environmentally sound interstate and international
commerce by constructing the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would lead to tens of
thousands of jobs and billions in economic development, especially in small and
often struggling communities in the amici states,” the brief states.
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