Following the recent Yellowstone River oil spill, Senator Steve Daines is working to ensure that the Keystone XL pipeline is properly monitored and that much-needed safety inspections can occur without interruption.

Daines has introduced an amendment to the Keystone XL bill that would ensure nothing could restrict pipeline safety inspections, including aerial surveillance of the pipeline.

“Montanans know firsthand how important the Keystone XL pipeline is to our state’s economy and our long-term energy security. We also know how critical it is that our pipelines are properly maintained and frequently inspected,” Daines stated. “My amendment ensures that these vital safety inspections and other needed prevention and mitigation measures can occur uninhibited by outside interests.”

Daines serves as an original cosponsor of the bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. As a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Daines will be actively involved in efforts to maintain and improve the nation’s infrastructure, including pipelines.