The controversial Keystone XL Pipeline is getting support from the Ports to Plains Coalition, headquartered in Lubbock. The state Department is looking for public comment before it approves the permit for the pipeline.
Ports to Plains is encouraging its members to support the project, saying it is in the best interest of the United States, Canada and the states that make up the Ports to Plains corridor.
This addition to Keystone XL would be the fourth phase of the pipeline that will extend from Canada to Texas. Michael Reeves, president of Ports to Plains said the project is good for the economy.
"It's good for us because it's homegrown energy and it's also creating a lot of jobs to create that. Not just in the production of the oil field itself, but in equipment suppliers, pipe makers, steel manufacturers and it's really good for the economy," he said.
Reeves also said the pipeline would benefit West Texas because pipeline is more efficient than other forms of transportation.