Pipelines play a vital role in our daily lives. The fuel that powers our cars, buses, boats, planes and trains is commonly delivered via pipeline, as is the natural gas that heats our homes. Pipelines deliver fuel to generate electricity; they supply materials that create consumer goods; and they provide the energy for the delivery of our food and household goods as well as fuel for all types of industry and manufacturing. U.S. Department of Transportation statistics show that underground pipelines are one of the safest modes of transporting crude oil.

Diamond Pipeline LLC, a joint venture between Plains All American Pipeline and Valero, will transport crude oil from the Plains All American Pipeline terminal in Cushing, Okla. to the Valero refinery in Memphis, Tenn.  Designed, constructed operated and maintained to meet or exceed applicable regulations, the Diamond Pipeline will support nearby residents and businesses through an increase in jobs, taxes and localized spending, and will supply gasoline, diesel and jet fuel to Tennessee, eastern Arkansas and six other states.

Without pipelines like Diamond, many American refineries would rely upon foreign sources of oil. Safe and reliable access to domestically produced crude oil is a critical component of our country’s energy security. I support fueling American energy independence with the Diamond Pipeline.