Keystone XL proponents to flood feds with show of support

Saying it has the power of the American people on its side, proponents of the long-embattled Keystone XL Pipeline planned to deliver more than a half-million comments to the U.S. State Department urging President Obama to approve the pipeline.

"The needlessly long review of the Keystone XL pipeline continues to deprive thousands of Americans of good-paying jobs and the nation of a vital piece of energy infrastructure," said Cindy Schild, the American Petroleum Institute's downstream operations senior manager for refining and oil sands, said Thursday morning in her opening statements at a Washington, D.C., news conference.

"At year six, and counting, of the administration's review, support among policymakers and the public continues to grow," Schild said. "To make sure the president hears the American people, we will deliver more than 500,000 comments to the State Department urging the president to approve the pipeline."

The proposed $5.4-billion project, which would transport crude oil from Canada to Texas, has been mired in political controversy and administrative plodding, with environmentalists claiming climate change doom and project proponents declaring it an economic and national security boon.

Obama recently told U.S. governors he expects to decide whether to sign off on TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL proposal within the next few months.

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