Michigan‘s petroleum industry is reacting to President Obama’s veto of the Keystone XL pipeline bill.
The president Tuesday vetoed legislation that would have allowed for the pipeline that would deliver 800,000 barrels of petroleum a day from Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast.
John Griffin of the Associated Petroleum Industries of Michigan says while the pipeline wasn’t going to run through Michigan, the state has many traveling pipeline workers and a number of manufacturers that make equipment used on pipelines all across the country, so Michigan has a manufacturing and worker base impacted by the president’s action.
Griffin says the petroleum will get to market somehow, but a pipeline would be the most efficient way. He says the veto is a big hit to U.S. jobs and U.S. energy security.
Environmental groups have praised the president’s action.