KDAL: Nolan Applauds Trump Support For American Steel In Pipelines
WASHINGTON, D.C. (KDAL) - After President Trump's announcement earlier this week to clear the way for Keystone XL and the Dakota Access oil pipelines, Minnesota Congressman Rick Nolan was glad to hear the President say that the lines should be built with American made steel.
Nolan has reintroduced his "American Pipeline Jobs and Safety Act" which requires the Secretary of Transportation responsible for pipeline construction approval to improve minimum safety standards and would use steel produced in the U-S that originates from iron ore and taconite mined and processed in the U-S.
Nolan said pipelines made with low grade foreign steel, illegally dumped into the U-S marketplace are costing thousands of good jobs and threatening our environment with leaks and spills. But Nolan says when pipelines are constructed with "tough, top quality American iron ore and steel, pipelines are the safest, most efficient way we transport oil and gas to meet our nation's growing energy needs."
United Steelworkers Local 2660 President Cliff Tobey says workers at Keetac and on the Iron Range are very supportive of Congressman Nolan's efforts. Keetac produces taconite that is primarily used in the production of tubular goods.