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Texas governor asks Clinton to back Keystone XL

Texas governor Rick Perry has written to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asking her to approve a controversial pipeline from the Canadian oil sands to the US Gulf coast

In the letter, leaked to Petroleum Economist, Perry said the project would “benefit not only Texas, but a good portion of the US”, adding “I urge you to approve a Presidential Permit for Keystone XL as soon as possible”. “Given the unrest in the Middle East,” he wrote, “turning to Canada for secure oil supply is logical.” The project, Keystone XL, would pipe 0.51m barrels a day (b/d) of synthetic crude from Alberta to refineries in the US. Because the pipeline will cross the US border, a permit to let Calgary-based TransCanada build it must be granted by the State Department. TransCanada already ships oil-sands crude to the US Midwest through its Keystone system. The expansion project woul

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