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TransCanada wins approval for southern leg of Keystone XL

TransCanada Corp. expects to begin construction soon on a 485-mile crude oil pipeline connecting the Cushing, Oklahoma, storage hub with refiners on the Gulf Coast.
BY JAY F. MARKS jmarks@opubco.com Published: July 28, 2012
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TransCanada Corp. will begin construction on the southern leg of its Keystone XL pipeline in coming weeks after securing the last of three key permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The company announced Friday it had received a permit for the 485-mile project from the Fort Worth district. Engineers in Tulsa and Galveston, Texas, previously signed off on the project.

“TransCanada is now poised to put approximately 4,000 Americans to work constructing the $2.3 billion pipeline that will be built in three distinct ‘spreads' or sections,” CEO Russ Girling said. “The Gulf Coast Project will contribute millions in property taxes to counties in Oklahoma and Texas — money that can be used to build roads, schools and hospitals.”

The planned pipeline will connect the crude oil storage hub at Cushing with refineries along the Gulf Coast.

Mickey Thompson, Domestic Energy Producers Alliance executive director, said the announcement was “excellent news” for oil companies.

“It can only be positive for anybody whose oil ends up in Cushing, which is most of Oklahoma's independent producers.”

Thompson said he expects the Keystone XL project to have an immediate impact on the price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil, which is set at Cushing.

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