Merkley Statement on Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement after the State Department granted a permit for the completion of the Keystone XL Pipeline:

“The State Department’s decision to approve Keystone XL is an unacceptable assault on anyone who cares about clean water and a livable planet. Here’s what it means for you and your family: dirty water, dirty air and sicker kids. 

“At a time when we are already seeing major climate impacts that are hurting our farming, fishing and forest industries in Oregon, turning on the tap to the dirtiest fossil fuels in the world is a huge mistake.”