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Hoeven Hopes For A Keystone Decision By Fall

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The Keystone XL project has been sitting in the pipes for just over five-years. The final environmental impact statement from the state department was released in January and the project was approved. Now, the decision is in the hands of the president.

Sen. John Hoeven and the Canadian ambassador to the U.S. say they think that a decision to approve the project will come before November.

Hoeven says the project will create thousands of jobs, increase tax revenues and reduce the stress on the rails which have been exporting a majority of Bakken crude oil.

"I think it will be done before that, and I think if the administration turns it down or doesn't get it done before that, we're going to pick up enough votes in the Senate, and we'll be able to push it through Congress," says Hoeven.

Hoeven recently returned from a trip to the Ukraine. Hoeven says the trip underscored the importance for a strong partnership with Canada and a need for energy independence.

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