The Detroit Regional Chamber continues to advocate for governmental approval of the full Keystone XL Oil Pipeline, a project that would carry oil from Canada's oil sands to refineries in the Texas gulf coast. Brad Williams, the Chamber’s vice president of government relations, was one of a group of participants – led by the Associated Petroleum Institute (API) – that spoke at press conference on Tuesday, October 8, calling on President Obama to approve the permit. The group consisted of several Republican and Democrat lawmakers and a variety of business and labor trade groups.
The Keystone XL Oil Pipeline is a $20 billion project to more efficiently move crude oil from the Canadian oil sands to the American market by linking more directly to refineries in the gulf coast. Approval of the full Keystone XL pipeline, which has been under government review for more than five years, could also create 20,000 construction and manufacturing jobs over the life of the project and reduce American dependence on foreign oil.