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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Canadian firm to proceed with southern leg of Keystone pipeline

Reporting from Seattle—
The Keystone XL battle isn't over. The Canadian company behind the controversial pipeline announced Monday that it would proceed immediately with a shorter version of the project south of Oklahoma — even as it seeks a new permit for the segment through the northern U.S. Opponents immediately vowed to fight on both fronts.

"TransCanada is hell-bent on bringing tar sands, the world's dirtiest oil, through America to reach foreign markets. They can't wait for a fair, scientific environmental review they know their pipeline would fail," Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune said in a statement.

He accused the Calgary-based company of "telling the Americans that it is above the law."

The southern segment of the pipeline would extend from Cushing, Okla., which already has a glut of crude oil, to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast; those refineries now import much of their oil from abroad.

The company will seek a new international permit for the stretch from the province of Alberta to Cushing. Read More