ARTBA, along with a coalition of industry associations, called on members of Congress January 8 to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project.  The proposed pipeline would transport an estimated 83,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada to U.S. refineries.  The industry groups stressed Keystone’s potential for creating significant economic benefits, including much needed jobs in the transportation construction sector.  The associations also noted prior reviews have found the Keystone project would have minimal environmental effects, and there is no need to further delay the project.  A Wisconsin-based ARTBA member has already been awarded a contract for constructing 371 miles of pipeline, but construction cannot begin until the entire project is approved.  The House of Representatives passed legislation approving the pipeline January 9 and the Senate is expected to consider similar legislation this week.  The Obama Administration has threatened to veto the legislation.  Read the association support letter.