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US-Canada pipeline clears environmental hurdle

August 29, 2011
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of State announced Friday that a proposed 1,700-mile pipeline between Alberta, Canada, and Texas could be built without significant environmental damage, CNN reported.

The $13 billion project, known as Keystone XL, has been sharply criticized by environmentalists, who have staged a two-week demonstration in Washington, D.C.

Supporters of the pipeline say it would create jobs and help the U.S. replace Venezuelan or Middle Eastern imports with well-regulated Canadian crude.

The pipeline now must pass through a 90-day review period. A final decision is expected by the end of the year.
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