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Keystone XL pipeline will be built, TransCanada CEO predicts

By Ernest Scheyder HOUSTON (Reuters) - The controversial Keystone XL pipeline will receive President Obama's blessing and be built to transport crude oil from Canada to Texas, TransCanada Corp <TRP.TO> Chief Executive Russ Girling predicted on Tuesday. Girling's confidence helps project a sense of inevitability around the $5.4 billion project, which supporters say would create badly needed jobs, and offset a recent unfavorable Nebraska court ruling and more than five years of political wrangling in Washington.

Canada writes U.S. to plug Keystone XL, offer to work together on oil pollution

WASHINGTON - The Canadian government has sent the Obama administration a letter making its case for the Keystone XL pipeline. The letter argues the merits of the pipeline on environmental, economic and energy-security grounds. It expresses a desire to work with the Americans on oil and gas issues, without wading into specifics. The three-page note is signed by Canada's ambassador to Washington, Gary Doer, and addressed to Secretary of State John Kerry.

Dozens of young Keystone protesters arrested at White House

By Emily Stephenson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Police arrested dozens of young people protesting the Keystone XL project on Sunday, as demonstrators fastened themselves with plastic ties to the White House fences and called for U.S. President Barack Obama to reject the controversial oil pipeline. Participants, who mostly appeared to be college-aged, held signs reading "There is no planet B" and "Columbia says no to fossil fuels," referring to the university in New York.

State Department IG says Keystone XL contractor followed federal rules, buoying project allies

WASHINGTON - A consulting firm that helped write an environmental review of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline complied with federal rules regarding possible conflict of interest, the State Department's inspector general said Wednesday in a report that buoyed supporters of the controversial pipeline and disappointed critics.

State Department acted properly on Keystone: report

By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The State Department acted properly in its choice of an outside contractor to review the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a U.S. report said on Wednesday, raising calls by the project's supporters for President Barack Obama to approve it. The State Department inspector general's report cleared the State Department of accusations by environmentalists there was undue influence by the pipeline's developer on a draft federal environmental review of the contentious project.

Kerry stays mum on Keystone pipeline deliberations

US Secretary of State John Kerry Wednesday refused to give away any hint on whether he will approve a controversial Canada to US oil pipeline, saying he was intensely studying the plan. The Keystone XL pipeline, first proposed in 2008, is slated to cross US borders bringing oil from the tar sands of Alberta to refineries in the US state of Nebraska and then further south to Texas. But it has been long delayed awaiting an environmental review from the State Department, and a final recommendation from Kerry, who has long been a passionate advocate for the environment.

Health horrors of Alta oilsands described by anti-pipeline U.S. senators

WASHINGTON - American opponents of the Alberta oil industry shared horror stories Wednesday about its impact on human health as they promised to expand their battlefield beyond concerns about climate change. A pair of anti-Keystone XL senators invited people to offer anecdotes about cancer rates, contaminated fish and respiratory problems at sites where the oil is extracted, transported or refined.

Iran says Pakistan obliged to complete gas pipeline

Iran's oil ministry said Wednesday that Pakistan is contractually obliged to complete a major pipeline project which would allow Tehran to export gas to its southeastern neighbour. The warning came a day after Pakistan's oil minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, said work on the pipeline was not possible because of sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union on Tehran over its controversial nuclear drive.

Energy East opponent says NEB's TransCanada audit underscores concerns

CALGARY - Problems flagged in the National Energy Board's audit of TransCanada Corp.'s pipeline safety practices should have Canadians worried, a group fighting that company's proposed Energy East pipeline said Tuesday. The audit report, released Monday, found TransCanada (TSX:TRP) to be non-compliant in four of nine areas it examined: hazard identification, risk assessment and control; operational control in upset or abnormal operating condition; inspection, measurement and monitoring, and management review.

Pakistan Iran pipeline not possible due to US sancions

Pakistan on Tuesday said that work on a pipeline to import gas from Iran cannot proceed because of sanctions imposed by the United Sates and the Eurpeon Union on Tehran. The Iranian side of the $7.5-billion project is almost complete, but Pakistan has run into repeated problems paying for the 780 kilometre (485 mile) section to be built on its side of the border. Last year, Pakistan had asked Iran for $2 billion in financing to build its side of the controversial gas pipeline.
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