North Dakota Senator John Hoeven toured a Canadian oil production site today, saying the US and Canada need to increase cooperation in securing energy security in North America.
Hoeven visited Christina Lake in Alberta, an oil sands operation that produces 58-thousand barrels of oil per day.
He also viewed Mildred Lake oil sands where production could reach 350-thousand barrels per day.
Hoeven said if US leaders take the initiative in forging a stronger energy partnership with Canada, the US can take a big step to being free of dependence on oil from overseas.
(Sen. John Hoeven, -R- North Dakota) "Canada is the United States' greatest friend and ally and by working together we have an enormous opportunity to achieve North American energy security. We need to seize this opportunity and take advantage of projects, like the Keystone XL pipeline, that help us to develop more energy with new technology and better environmental stewardship. If the United States doesn't act, other nations will."
Hoeven has been a vocal proponent of the Keystone XL Pipeline to bring Canadian oil to the US and has criticized the Obama administration for failing to approve the pipeline's construction in the US.