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Southern Keystone XL leg gets political push

Published by Steve Coleman on March 23, 2012

Plans to expand the approval process for new oil infrastructure have spilled over on both sides of the Canada-US border.

While Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is hoping to streamline the approval process, US President Barack Obama plans to order American agencies to give the southern leg of the $7.6 billion pipeline top priority.

Obama directed federal agencies in the US to speed-up the approval process for 780 kilometres of pipeline between Oklahoma and refineries on Texas' Gulf Coast. The stretch between Alberta and Oklahoma will still be subject to a new application because it crosses international boundaries.

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