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Southern Leg of Keystone Gets Final Go-Ahead
On July 27, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) awarded the third and final permit for the 500-mile, southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline from Cushing, Okla., to the Texas Gulf Coast. Construction is slated to begin in the coming weeks.
Even as the State Department continues to drag out its evaluation of the northern leg of the pipeline, President Obama has lent his support to the southern portion, which many say can relieve a major glut of oil and gas supplies in Oklahoma. Environmentalists plan to solicit the EPA to overrule the USACE’s permits, but the permits will likely stand.
Meanwhile, TransCanada, the company building the pipeline, continues to work with the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality to design a suitable route for the northern piece of the Keystone XL pipeline. In lieu of ultimate State Department approval, many in Congress continue efforts to automatically approve the entire project and strengthen North American energy production.
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Article Date: 2012-08-06
Source: Associated Equipment Distributors
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