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Kansans weigh in on Keystone XL report

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 31, 2014 at 6:14 pm •  Published: January 31, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A new report from the U.S. State Department on the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline has drawn varying reactions in Kansas, where a separate section of the pipeline is already operating.

The State Department on Friday raised no major environmental objections to the proposed $7 billion pipeline from Canada, though the report stops short of recommending its approval. Keystone XL would travel through Montana and South Dakota before reaching Nebraska. The existing spur runs through Kansas and Oklahoma to Texas.

Republicans and business and labor groups have urged Obama to approve the pipeline to create thousands of jobs and move toward North American energy independence. Opponents say the pipeline would carry "dirty oil" that contributes to global warming, and they also worry about a spill.

Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran, a Republican, said in a release the State Department report on the Keystone XL pipeline should push the "job-creating, domestic energy-producing project forward."

"The Keystone XL pipeline would use the existing infrastructure to safely move crude through Kansas," Moran said. "As the ongoing operation of the original Keystone pipeline illustrates, crude oil can be moved safely over long distances."

Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo, also a Republican, said "it's time to build" the pipeline.

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