Keystone Pipeline Fate In U.S. In Limbo But Construction Moves Forward In Canada | Fox News
HARDISTY, Calgary – *On an unusually warm February morning -- at least by the rugged standards of rural northern Alberta-- a dozen construction workers were bundled up welding together the steel framework for the huge oil containers that will mark the starting point for the Keystone XL pipeline.
But where the pipeline goes remains a question for Canadian and U.S. officials.
Progress on building the three 350,000-barrel containment vats -- each of which covers the size of a city block -- may have slowed a bit after President Obama's decision last month to block a permit allowing for the pipeline to cross into the United States, but that hasn't stopped the work here.
Nor has it quelled the optimism of leading officials in Alberta that the pipeline will be built -- if not to the United States, as planned and still wanted, then to somewhere else-- perhaps even west to access the insatiable demand of Asian markets.
"Our job is to build pipelines," TransCanada CEO Russ Girling told Fox News in an interview at his downtown Calgary office building.*
Girling said it's only logical for a pipeline that starts in Alberta to go through the U.S. and end up next to the large refineries on the Gulf Coast.*
"I'm confident that the Keystone XL pipeline is going to get built. The U.S. imports some 10 million barrels a day of oil. It only makes sense for them to get as much as they can from their friendly northern neighbor."
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