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Keystone XL pipeline clears US State Department review

US State Department has report is positive for the Keystone XL pipeline

A long-awaited US State Department report has concluded the controversial Keystone XL pipeline is "unlikely to have a substantial impact' on the environment or the US" appetite for Canadian heavy crude.  The report's findings appear to pave the way for approval of the $7 billion pipeline, which would carry 830,000 barrels a day (b/d) of oil-sands crude from Canada to US refineries on the Gulf Coast. The report, though, did not call for the pipeline's approval or rejection. The draft supplemental environmental impact statement (Seis) was released on 1 March and will be followed by a 45-day public consultation process, after which the Obama administration is expected to make a final decision

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